City of Saints by Andrew Hunt
A Mystery

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To the outside observer, Salt Lake City might seem to be the squeaky-clean “City of Saints”—its nickname since Mormon pioneers first arrived. Its wide roads, huge Mormon temple topped by a horn-blowing angel, and orderly neighborhoods give it the appearance of the ideal American city, but looks can be deceiving.

When a beautiful socialite turns up dead, Art Oveson, a twenty-something husband, father, and devout Mormon just getting his start as a sheriff’s deputy, finds himself thrust into the role of detective. With his partner, a foul-mouthed former strikebreaker, he begins to pursue the murderer—or murderers. His search takes him into the underbelly of Salt Lake City, a place rife with blackmail, corruption, and death.

Based on a true yet largely forgotten murder that once captivated the nation but still remains unsolved eighty years later, City of Saints reveals a darker picture of the Mormon capital than you ever expected.


About Andrew Hunt

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ANDREW HUNT is a professor of history in Waterloo, Ontario. His areas of study include post-1945 U.S. History, the Civil Rights Movement, the Vietnam War, and the American West. He has written reviews for The Globe and Mail and The National Post, authored two works of nonfiction, The Turning and David Dellinger, and is coauthor of The 1980s. He grew up in Salt Lake City and currently lives in Canada.
Published October 30, 2012 by Minotaur Books. 334 pages
Genres: History, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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He wonders how Helen’s murder might be linked to the hit-and-run accident that killed Dr. Pfalzgraf’s first wife or the death two years earlier of Dr. Everett Alvin Wooley, an abortionist Dr. Pfalzgraf had campaigned against.

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Alison is also Social Issues Examiner, Community Issues Examiner, Salt Lake City Political Buzz Examiner and Salt Lake City Comfort Food Examiner.

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Reviewing the Evidence

A professor of history who grew up in Salt Lake City, he is well-credentialed to spin the socialite's untimely end into an entertaining yarn, a sketch of depression area Mormon city life, and a meditation on the idea of what decency might mean, then and now.

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Deseret News

"City of Saints," a new mystery novel by Andrew Hunt, takes place in 1930 Salt Lake City and is loosely based on true events.

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Hunt further deepens Art’s story with a large family of competitive brothers and swarms of kids, including Art’s own two.

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Mysterious Reviews

Review: Set in Salt Lake City in the 1930s, Art Oveson is a young county sheriff's deputy who, when face with a gruesome murder, must assume the responsibilities of a homicide detective in City of Saints by Andrew Hunt, the winner of the 2011 Tony Hillerman Prize for best debut mystery set in the...

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Fantasy Literature

What a long strange trip City of Saints and Madmen is!

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Publishers Weekly

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Set in 1930, Hunt’s triumphant mystery debut introduces Salt Lake County deputy Art Oveson, a loving family man and committed Mormon.

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Salt Lake City in 1930 was a fast-growing town with big-city concerns, dominated by the large, striking divisions between the wealthy and the middle class, and between those who follow the teachings of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and those who are not Mormons.

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