Release date: November 15, 2016
In the summer of 1938, as war clouds loom overseas, auto racers from around the world gather at the Bonneville Salt Flats west of Salt Lake City, intent on breaking the land-speed record. But when Clive Underhill, a wealthy English motorist, mysteriously disappears and his younger brother, Nigel, is found dead, Art Oveson of the Salt Lake City Missing Persons Bureau is called to investigate.
Suddenly, Art’s best friend and former partner, Roscoe Lund, becomes the number-one suspect in Nigel’s murder, prompting Art to follow a murky trail involving homegrown fascists, bigoted ex-cops, a string of homicides, and a German auto racer with a mysterious past. And, through it all, FBI Agent Frank Oveson tries to prevent his “kid brother” Art from discovering dark truths that may threaten his life.
Tony Hillerman Prize–winning author and historian Andrew Hunt transports us to 1930s Salt Lake City in this engrossing, detailed mystery that shows what goes on behind the scenes in the supposedly clean-cut Mormon capital.
"Set in 1938, Hunt’s outstanding third mystery featuring Mormon policeman Art Oveson combines a moving portrayal of a man attempting to deal with his wife’s depression with a clever whodunit story line. . . .The richness of the characters, including secondary ones, and the imaginative plot make this the best yet in the series."
Publishers Weekly (starred review) on DESOLATION FLATS