Moroni Traveler, the Salt Lake City investigator heralded
by the New York Times Book Review as “a
true rebel hero in the classic private-eye tradition,” finds himself working on
a very personal case as he and his adoptive father, Martin, look for the
three-year-old child who may or may not be Moroni’s son. Tracking down a lead,
the two men end up in a virtual ghost town in the Oquirrh Mountains. All but
deserted, the old mining town of Bingham Canyon is about to be evacuated and
razed by the powerful Kennecott Copper Company, which is eager to get at the
mineral wealth buried beneath the community. A few families are hanging on,
though, including one that may be sheltering the newest Traveler.
The father-son duo’s efforts are hampered by the slated demolition of
their offices in the Chester Building, and even more so by the antics of their
fellow tenants, Mad Bill and Charlie Redwine, whose latest shenanigans have
evoked the wrath of the church. With Martin trying to preserve the building and
protect Bill and Charlie, Moroni continues the search—until murder rears its
ugly head and the investigation moves into a whole new dimension.
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