The Righteous by Michael Wallace

Posted: June 6, 2013 in Books
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Freedom of religion is a constitutional right that can be denied to no citizen, and separation of church and state is a concept that is used when it is convenient for the majority. Plural marriage, however, has been criminalized. As such, Morman fundamentalist groups scattered throughout North and Cental America have closed ranks and become very private communities. We as a society tend to fear what we do not understand, and that fear is occasionally given a face. Like any other race, religion, or creed there are people that do bad, evil things. I am not here to sway you one way or the other in your views on polygamy. It is understand able, however, that the leaders of these communities would perfer to limit the inclusion of outsiders.

Michael Wallace has opened a window into this very private world. In the fictional community of Blister Creek, UT Amanda Kimball uncovers a dark secret and dies a traitor’s death for it. When th Prophet hears of the death he sends Jacob Christianson, an unmarried member if tge church, to investigate under the guise of securing a husband for his sister and a wife for himself.

I have been a long time fan of Patricia Cornwell’s character Kay Scarpetta. Like Scarpetta, Michael Wallace’s intelligent but flawed character Jacob Christianson is relatable, understandabke, and real. He questions both religion and science.  He struggles with the confinement of fundamentalism and weakness of individualism. He fights for the privacy of his community and the justice for the victims.

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