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About the Author: Robert P. DesJardins

I have practiced law in southern California for over thirty-five years and have been recognized as one of the best lawyers in southern California in a number of independent publications. I have extensive courtroom experience and have served both as a private judge and as a Judge Pro Tem. I have contributed to non-fiction publications for the State Bar of California and have published two novels before Land of the Saints.

A Darker Shade of Orange received favorable reviews from Orange Coast Magazine, The Los Angeles Daily Journal and the Orange County Register.

Western pleasure horseback riding, travel and politics filled my leisure time for a number of years. My annual horse roundups in Eastern Arizona inspired my most recent project, Land of the Saints. My first novel, The Mistral, was set in France and addressed politics and the lessons to be learned from the French misadventures in Algeria and Indochina.

A Darker Shade of Orange, which addresses politics, the law, and corruption on a local level, takes place in my own backyard in Southern California.

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Paperback, Published in Dec 2011 by iUniverse

ISBN10: 146206275X | ISBN13: 9781462062751

Page count: 408

Jeff Wells, a successful attorney in Los Angeles, is also a western pleasure horseman who seeks out the solitude and serenity of the American Southwest when he wants to get away from it all. But his current trip to Arizona is for business. His friend, Big Jim Higgins, is in trouble and needs Jeff's help. Big Jim has been charged with the murder of three rustlers, and he's being held without bail.

Soon, Jeff finds himself drawn into the strange, mysterious, and surprisingly dangerous world of Mormon spirituality. Big Jim lives in a world where friends and foes alike search for the most sacred of Mormon artifacts, the Golden Plates. Jeff is introduced to the realm of seer stones, blood oaths, and the magical Golden Plates, reputed to be written in ancient hieroglyphics by the Angel Moroni and his predecessors, who lived in North America hundreds of years ago.

The search for and the mystery surrounding the Golden Plates leads Jeff not only into a land of unbridled greed and hypocrisy but also into the realm of Native American mysticism. Jeff is drawn to the mystical Four Corners region, where Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, and Utah meet. Jeff encounters Lutakaw, a Hopi holy man who helps Jeff unearth the Golden Plates.

The consequences of his discovery change the shape of this religion in a dramatic fashion.

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