(PDF) [Desolation Flats Art Oveson #3] â Andrew Hunt

I was reading a list of new books from the library and Bonneville 1938 caught my eye That was the time my parents went to Bonneville to watch the races therefore I had to read the book I liked the setting the mystery and the action The title fits as the area really is desolate i had to area really is desolate I had to over his comments about the Mormons as I "Couldn T Tell Whether He Was Being Facetious Or Serious "t tell whether he was being facetious or serious Hunt has written a third book that takes place in Salt Lake City and surrounding areas in the 1930s Art Oveson is the detective and Roscoe Lund returns to play a part in the story about the murder of a prominent figure It s a good mystery especially if you ve read the first two books The history is good and the story is entertaining Fantastic ReadSet in Utah with a Mormon protagonist and a great picture of pre WWII attitudes I could not put this book down The mystery portion was good but the human presentation was moving and most of all real Andrew Hunt is now my next must read This book centered around cars setting speed records at the Bonneville Salt Flats and the racers from countries who were competing One of the racers disappears and his brother is found murdered I have not read this author s books before and actually picked this book up for my husband to read following recent surgery He decided against it so I book up for my husband to read following recent surgery He decided against it so I it It was entertaining and kept me guessing which a murder mystery is supposed to do It could have been so good but it took a long time to get through the first 34 of the story with things that didn t necessarily need to be there and then the resolve felt microwaved and kind of spewed out ExcellentThe lead character Art oveson is a refreshingly straight shooter but altogether credibleThis is a well written mystery with complex characters keenly rendered local and historical details Utah on cusp of WWII and interesting insight into Mormon cultureA very enjoyable read I recommend note this is book 3 in the series though the first I read It stood alone well I will read the other books in the series 45 starsDesolation Flats is another superb installment in Andrew Hunt s Art Oveson mystery series starring Mormon policeman Art Oveson In this outing following the disappearance of British race car driver Clive Underhill and the murder of his brother Nigel Art s investigation takes him into the dark underbelly of the Nazi party and closer to home fascism and bigoted ex copsHelping his cousin at the Bonneville Salt Flats before the upcoming land speed trials Art is delighted to run into his ex partner and close friend Roscoe Lund who is providing extra security for Clive When Clive s test run ends in fiery crash Art risks his own life to save the trapped driver In an effort to repay him for rescuing him from certain death Clive invites Art to oin him for dinner that evening at an upscale club At the urging of his wife Clara Art accepts the invitation and while a bit out of his element he enjoys meeting Clive s old college friends Peter Insley and German race car driver Rudy Heinrich The next morning Art le. The third book in the Hillerman Prize winning Art Oveson Mystery series starring a Mormon deputy sheriff in 1930s Salt Lake CityAs war clouds loom overseas auto racers from around the world gather at the Bonneville Salt Flats east of Salt Lake City intent on breaking the Desolation Flats Art Oveson #3Y ties up all of the story s loose ends Fans of historical mysteries are sure to love this latest installment in the Art Oveson series FOund it slow and the language somewhat archaic The mystery itself kept me reading but the writing was meh The characters were archetypes and not very interesting Desolation Flats is a decent murder that captures the international competition for land speed records in Utah s Bonneville Flats in 1938 Hitler is o See full review here in the 1930s in Salt Lake City Andrew Hunt s Desolation Flats begins with Salt Lake City police detective Art Oveson helping his cousin as he time tests his race car at the Bonneville Salt Flats While there Oveson rescues a British racing legend named Clive Underhill from a fiery crashTo show appreciation for his rescue Underhill invites Oveson to oin him at Salt Lake City s hottest night spot the Coconut Grove Oveson s acceptance of this invitation pulls him into a world of international intrigue as British and German teams compete to set the world land speed record on the Bonneville Salt Flats with the onset of World War II looming in the backgroundShortly after Oveson s late night at the Coconut Grove Underhill s brother Nigel a British citizen is murdered while staying at the Hotel Utah Oveson finds himself in over his head as he struggles to solve the mysterious death while defending the main suspect a former member of the Salt Lake City Police Department and Oveson s old partnerDesolation Flats is the third book in Hunt s prize winning series about Oveson The first two books in the series are City of "Saints winner of the Tony Hillerman Prize and his follow up book A Killing in ZionHunt s characters are full of "winner of the Tony Hillerman Prize and his follow up book A Killing in ZionHunt s characters are full of Oveson is described as a humble member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter day Saints and Hunt uses this to set up conflict in Oveson s Latter day Saints and Hunt uses this to set up conflict in Oveson s Most of this conflict stems from his line of work and his relationship with his family membersOveson s wife Clara a former high school teacher has slipped into a depressive state after giving up her career to stay home with their three children Her struggle to find meaning in her life and marriage adds frustration and challenges to Oveson s life Unfortunately these challenges come when Oveson can hardly afford to have his attention pulled away from his police dutiesAnother main character Hunt details is the city of Salt Lake The city is viewed through the eyes of outsiders who are major players in the developing conflict that will grow to become WWII Oveson in particular is seen as naive about the world outside of Utah and the evil threat presented by the rise of Adolf Hitler and the Nazi partyDesolation Flats is a well written murder mystery full of characters facing both internal and external challenges These challenges while not insurmountable are shown to be even to difficult to overcome as the world seems to get complicated with each passing minuteThis book contains harsh language and descriptions of sexual situations It also contains detailed descriptions of violence and murder. He search and he and Oveson begin to follow a trail that leads from the Utah desert to the stately homes of London As the two detectives draw closer to their suspect Art finds that the murderer has set his sights on a target much closer to home than he had thought possible. ,

Arns Nigel has been murdered and Clive has vanished without a trace He is dismayed to discover that his brother FBI Agent has vanished without a trace He is dismayed to discover that his brother FBI Agent Oveson is part of the investigation but it is the identity of the local police s chief suspect that truly distresses him With warnings to stay out of the murder investigation Art is determined to find Clive and hopefully clear his friend s nameArt has a strong moral compass and steadfast work ethic He will leave no stone unturned as he doggedly pursues leads and although he tries to follow his boss s orders he cannot in good conscience ignore some of the information he uncovers Occasionally going outside of his purview and urisdiction Art s dedication to finding ustice is both his best and worst trait He is incredibly loyal and although he usually tries to obey orders Art is convinced of the only suspect s innocence and he refuses to give up searching for the truthAs his investigation unfolds Art tries to remain under the radar as he revisits witnesses and digs deeper into the backgrounds of Clive s friends and associates Manager Albert Shaw seems concerned about Clive s safety but is there to his story than meets the eye German driver Rudy Heinrich is deeply entrenched in the Nazi party and with Hitler counting him to break the land speed record he is uite circumspect as he answers Art s uestion Art cannot help but wonder ust how far Rudy will go to ensure he succeeds but would he kidnap his friend to further the Nazi cause will go to ensure he succeeds but would he kidnap his friend to further the Nazi cause if anything does former policeman and current head of hotel security Dooley Metzger have to do with the events on the night Nigel was murdered and Clive disappeared The information Art learns about the odious man the suspicious he becomes that Dooley might know than he has revealed After another man goes missing Art makes an impetuous decision that could break the case wide open if it does not cost him lifeInterspersed with the ongoing investigation are intriguing glimpses of Art s life at home Wife Clara has been struggling with severe depression since the birth of their youngest daughter four year old Emily Additionally she and fifteen year old daughter Sarah Jane are at loggerheads over Sarah Jane s social activism and waning interest in the Mormon church Clara is also none too pleased about Art s continued loyalty to Roscoe and things between them grow tense as he makes what she considers to be uestionable decisions where his friend is concerned Can Art salvage their relationship before it is irreparably damagedWith an imaginative plot an intrepid investigator and a perplexing mystery Desolation Flats is a riveting whodunit that is impossible to put down The storyline is fast paced "and offers readers a realistic peek into the increasingly tense and "offers readers a realistic peek into the increasingly tense and situation in Nazi Germany as Hitler continues to put his plans into motion Art s investigation is uite captivating as he slowly but surely begins to uncover the truth about Clive s disappearance and Nigel s murder Andrew Hunt brings the novel to a pulse pounding action packed conclusion that completel. And speed record When Nigel Underhill a wealthy English motorist is found dead and his brother Clive disappears Art Oveson of the Salt Lake City Missing Persons’ Bureau is called to investigateThe Underhill family has hired a former Scotland Yard detective to assist in

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