by Stephen White
Category: Fiction / Crime
0 pages; ISBN: 1451185110
Rating: 8/10 (Ratings explained)
Reviewer: Carolyn Howard-Johnson
Reviewed by Carolyn Howard-Johnson, Author of "This is the Place" and "Harkening: A Collection of Stories Remembered"
Stephen White's book is well researched. He did the research in order to set a spine tingling murder against the backdrop of authority.
Much of the "history" in "Higher Authority" is true, though I certainly have not heard it talked about among the Mormons I know--even during religous and historical discourses. Still, I believe that if White has an axe to grind (as many reviews have suggested), it is against authority run amok, not specificially against Mormons. White has a story to tell and he has chosen an area in which authority has a real presence in which to place that story. I'll bet if anyone bothered to ask him, he might have a soft spot in his heart for people in general, Mormons included.
Further, this book IS fiction. The author does not claim that this story actually happened. Nor does he suggest it will. He is spinning a tale and he does it well. "Higher Authority" is not a philosophical treatise. It's a novel. A GENRE novel. Read it an enjoy it for what it is.
(Caroyn Howard-Johnson is the author of the award-winning "This is the Place." It is also a novel set in Utah. It is a coming-of-age story about a young journalist who must find her way out of the repressive 50s to a new and better way to live.)