Salamander: The Story of the Mormon Forgery Murders with a New Afterword

Salamander: The Story of the Mormon Forgery Murders with a New Afterword Review

Drawing from 1000s of pages of police reports, court documents, interviews, letters & diaries, Sillitoe's & Roberts's narrative cuts thru the complexities of this famous crime investigation to deliver a gripping, Capote-esque tale. They embrace the details, then lay them out systematically as seen thru the eyes of the detectives, victims & perpetrator. The darkest secrets unravel gradually, allowing readers fleeting glimpses of the infamous salamander as it ducks in & out of its fabricator's head. What was the salamander letter & why were so many people determined to possess & conceal it? Why was this one of the most unusual cases in American forensic history? A skilled con artist by anyone's assessment, Mark Hofmann eluded exposure by police & document authenticators--the FBI, Library of Congress, the LDS church historical department & polygraph experts--until George Throckmorton discovered the tell-tale microscopic alligatoring that was characteristic of the forgeries. What ensued was a suspense-ridden cat-&-mouse game between seasoned prosecutors & a clever, homicidal criminal. In the end, this story verifies the saying that sometimes truth is stranger than fiction.

Title:Salamander: The Story of the Mormon Forgery Murders with a New Afterword
Edition Language:English

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  • Kiekiat

    I'd actually give this book 3.5 stars if I had the option. It was readable and I have several other books about the case I haven't read yet so I will need to read them to see how other authors handled...

  • Brett Nordquist

    Incredibly detailed account of Mark Hofman murders that took place in Salt Lake City in the mid 1980s. I appreciated the details about LDS church leaders like Hinckley and Pinnock who purchased forger...

  • Noreen

    There is an old board game called "careers." Players can win by choosing, Love, Fame or Money. A friend who played this game often as a child, learned to "win" by choosing Money. Mark Hofmann was a Mo...

  • Becca

    Super interesting non-fiction read about the forgeries and bombings that occurred in the 80's. This book honestly read more like a Dan Brown book than a historical account. The authors weren't LDS, bu...

  • Tanya W

    I wish I had remembered to review this a month ago when it was fresh in my mind. This was an excellent true life crime book and very fair to all involved. I could hardly put it down. I loved learning ...

  • James Badger

    What an astonishingly gripping tale of a true crime. This book was simply impressive on a number of fronts. First of all, the depth of the research that went into the making of this book is simply sta...

  • John

    Not as rivetingly written as "The Mormon Murders", but still fascinating, and in many ways more detailed in its account of the Hoffman forgeries and murders. ...

  • Scott

    I have read Salamander: The Story of the Mormon Forgery Murders by Allen D. Roberts and Linda Sillitoe previously and I will probably read it again. I remember when all this happened and I find the st...

  • Regan

    A non-fiction I stumbled on by reading Charlie Lovett's Bookman's Tale. In that book, which deals with a forged historical document one of the characters refers to Salamander: the Story of the Mormon ...

  • Donald Powell

    Fascinating story of intrigue, law enforcement, old documents and church politics. This was a real page turner....