Wednesday, June 4, 2014
Cotton Malone was ready to start enjoying his retirement from the justice department when he receives a call from his old boss. One of her agents is missing and she wants Malone to detain a suspect who may have information on where her agent might be. She is sending one of her active agents but needs Malone to detain the suspect before he escapes their pursuit.
So begins best selling author Steve Berry's latest entry into the Cotton Malone series.
There is a secret document sent from Abraham Lincoln to Mormon leaders during the Civil War. If the details of this document are released, it could mean the end of the union.
One Mormon who is also a U.S. Senator, has ambition to lead the Church of Later Day Saints. He leads the plot to find this document which could give Utah and other states the legal right to leave the union and declare their independence.
Malone is drawn into the intrigue and learns that his former lover is also involved.
The complex plot is well laid out with action moving from Sweden to Salt Lake City, to Washington, D.C. and elsewhere. The historical characters who make an appearance such as Abraham Lincoln and Brigham Young, are fun to observe.
There is a parallel story about a lost gold shipment from 1857 and finding it could give the Mormon separatists the funds to declare their independence.
I found the background of this document fascinating and the originality of the mystery interesting.
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