(From the publisher):
Christopher Danville, chief of police in the quiet Mormon town of Magpie, Utah, has a problem. Bishop Manion, an "iron rod" clergyman of the old school, has been murdered, and everyone is suspect: the Bishop's troubled wife, the pious townsfolk, the "Mormon Mafia" with its sanctified gambling enterprises; the town lunatic; the police sergeant who claims to be the one true Prophet; and finally Naomi Green, exotic director of the local Planned Parenthood chapter. Danville, a fallen Mormon, must find the killer or risk losing his job as he becomes increasingly obsessed with Naomi Green, a woman seen by the citizens of Magpie as a "marcher in Satan's legion," sent to test the strength of their holy faith.
Cleo Jones draws on the power and inherent contradictions of the Mormon faith to create a tense, fast-paced mystery. Danville's struggle to make sense of a tangled web of motives-including his own- dramatically shows the extremes to which guilt and the quest for purity can drive ordinary people. In the town of Magpie, no one is completely innocent before God-but someone is guilty of murder.
Original title: Prophet Motive
Genre: Fiction→ Crime and Mystery→ Detective Story and Detectives