Publication: Penguin Books, Inc, 1946, New York
First edition. Author's first mystery novel. Signed by the author. As new, unread copy in dust jacket. A fascinating look at the lives of modern Mormons as well as a grim and cunningly twisted mystery. Linda Wallheim is a devout Mormon, the mother of five boys and the wife of a bishop. Linda is increasingly troubled by her church's structure and secrecy, especially as a disturbing situation takes shape in her ward. One cold winter night, a young wife and mother named Carrie Helms disappears, leaving behind everything she owns. Carrie's husband, Jared, claims his wife has always been unstable and that she has abandoned the family, but Linda doesn't trust him. As Linda snoops into the Helm family's circumstances she becomes convinced that Jared has murdered his wife and painted himself as a wronged husband.
Inventory Number: 38211