The Mormon Murders Mass Market Paperback – Jun 6 1989
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From Publishers Weekly
As part of a scathing depiction of a deceitful, materialistic Mormon Church, lawyers Naifeh and Smith (co-editors of the biennial directory The Best Lawyers in America , etc.) point out that the 1985 Salt Lake City scandals and bombings that convulsed the community had a precedent in certain dubious practices of the church's prophet and founder Joseph Smith. The suspenseful plot, involving a series of murders and a large cast of Mormons and police investigators, centers on the purchase and suppression by church officials of authentic and forged documents that cast doubts on basic tenets of their faith and attested to the cover-up of Smith's unsavory past. Under the threat of blackmail, the church bought many of these documents from the dealer-bomber Mark Hofmann; according to the authors, Hoffmann, after confessing the murders and forgeries, was allowed, thanks to the church's political influence, to plea bargain the murder indictment into a manslaughter charge thereby sparing the church an embarrassing trial that could have revealed its complicity.
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“Cast of characters worthy of the best whodunits.” ―Houston Chronicle
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“The authors' combination of law and journalism provides an excellent foundation for understanding this twisting and legally complex story.” ―Rocky Mountain News
“Fascinating, sensational revelations...well-researched.” ―Times Tribune
“A most controversial and rewarding account.” ―San Francisco Record
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Top Customer Reviews
I won't recap the other reviews (so do check them out at this site. Suffice it to say that immediately after reading it I went on line to do some research and was told by several "recovering Mormons" (their term) that it was entirely accurate and, if anything, understated the power and goals of the LDS church.
However, I did have a hard time buying into the representations of the different real-live people that the authors describe. In my opinion, it is one thing for an author to struggle with the creation of a believable multi-dimensional character that he is creating out of thin air. However, it is another thing that these authors had a hard time describing the multi-dimensional facets of the real-live people they are writing about. Unfortunately, this is a book of 'flat' people...people with no depth. It is that very depth of character that would have added so much more to this story. There is undoubtedly room for more compassion to be felt for many of the people who were active players in this event...Mark, his victims, family members, even the people from the LDS authority that were involved. However, the inability of the authors to really put a 'human' face on even some of the victims, a face that would elicit recognition and compassion in me, significantly impaired and dulled my ability to be fully emotionally involved in this experience.
Most recent customer reviews
The authors do a good job of pulling together massive amounts of information from the trial and interviews, into an easy-to-follow, suspenseful read. Read morePublished on July 13 2004 by Beverly Hines
To be quite honest, this book stinks. At first, the book does grasp you and you feel like "This is a really good book, nothing bad about it. Read morePublished on May 10 2004
This book details the history of Mark Hoffman, one of the most controversial figures in modern day Mormonism. This was the first book that I had read on Hoffman. Read morePublished on April 29 2004
At first sight, this appears to be an engrossing true-crime narrative. But it soon becomes evident that the real agenda of the authors is to use the crime case as an excuse for... Read morePublished on April 12 2004
i thoroughly enjoyed this book, read it straight through. it gives lots of good information on early church history and beliefs, which are often denied or ignored by the current... Read morePublished on Jan. 11 2001
A very intreresting tale. mysterious documents located and sold to the Mormon Church so it can attemp to conceal it's past. Read morePublished on July 19 2000 by K. Johnson
I followed the Hofmann case extremely closely, and know many ofthe principal figures in it -- including two of the detectives whowere at the precise center of the investigation. Read morePublished on April 9 2000
I was fortunate enought to have received this book when it was in print. I certainly hope that it gets re-printed soon. Can't imagine why it's not in print, unless.... Read morePublished on Feb. 22 2000 by James R. Callahan