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Posted: Friday, September 28, 2012 12:00 am

Google "Mormon candidate" and Avraham Azrieli's new novel of the same name pops up at number 10. It's not a biography of presidential candidate Mitt Romney, nor an examination of the current electoral landscape - "The Mormon Candidate" (CreateSpace, $15 paperback) is a fast-paced thriller with an intriguing title and even more intriguing plot.

Azrieli, the Israeli-born attorney-turned-writer, whose three previous novels drew on his experience as an IDF intelligence officer, turns to American religious and political terrain to set his story of photojournalist Ben Teller and ex-Marine Zachariah Hinckley. The two men cross paths, almost literally, on a twisting Maryland roadway during an annual Marine Corps veterans' motorcycle ride. Hinckley is forced over the edge of the Camp David Scenic Overlook to his death by a mysterious rider on a white Ducati (a ghost, as Azrieli calls him). Teller speeds to the scene, snaps a few photos, and fortuitously finds Hinckley's dirt-covered iPod Touch.

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