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Secret blood oaths in a polygamist sect, a plot to overthrow church elders, and murder make The Righteous what one reviewer calls "a thinking man's thriller."
By Michael Wallace
4.5 Stars - 46 Reviews
Here's the set-up:
Medical student Jacob Christianson is sent by church elders to investigate a murder within the polygamist enclave of Blister Creek, Utah. He brings his young sister Eliza, who must choose a husband from three old men jostling for power within the church hierarchy.
Jacob discovers that the murdered woman has been killed in accordance with secret blood oaths taken within the polygamist temple. Together with his sister, he uncovers a plot to overthrow the church leadership, with murders that reach beyond the community and into the “gentile” world.
The Righteous is a heart-pounding suspense-thriller with a depth that will haunt the reader long after the last page is turned.
From the reviewers:
"Deeply engrossing! Michael Wallace delivers the thinking man's thriller while establishing one of the freshest male leads in crime fiction--Jacob Christianson, an aspiring doctor and cult elder's favored son. Jacob's analytic nature has him questioning everything, including the nature of God and the sexist politics of polygamy. It also makes him a perfect fit to track down a killer whose grisly crimes threaten Jacob's community, family, and soon, his very life."-- Lisa Gardner, New York Times bestselling author of LIVE TO TELL.
"Wallace authoritatively and unsparingly tears open the veil shrouding a Utah polygamist community and its secret oaths of blood atonement, temple sacrifice, and angels with drawn swords. Inside we find a riveting thriller that recaptures everything lost from the original American religion." -- Jeffrey Anderson, National bestselling, International Thriller Award nominated author of SLEEPER CELL.
Editor's note: With 28 5-star reviews, 12 4-star reviews, and 4 3-star reviews, we divert from Planet iPad's usual practice of quoting from a larger handful of selected reviews to let you see the whole batch. There's too much praise to squeeze in a small place.
A fascinating added issue: Of the 4 3-Star reviews, 3 of them said the book is a great read, but the reviewers penalized the behavior of some of the characters! Now, with that kind of rich character building, I am more included to buy the book.--TD
About the Author:
Michael Wallace has trekked across the Sahara on a camel, ridden an elephant through a tiger preserve in Southeast Asia, eaten fried guinea pig, and been licked on the head by a skunk. In a previous stage of life he programmed nuclear war simulations, smuggled refugees out of a war zone, and milked cobras for their venom. He speaks Spanish and French and grew up in a religious community in the desert.
He writes: "I hope you enjoy my books as much as I've enjoyed my crazy life. I welcome email from readers at m.wallace23(at)yahoo(dot)com"