The Dead Survivors

A Mars Bahr Mystery

Mars Bahr Mysteries (Volume 2)

KJ Erickson

Minotaur Books

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Frank Beck, a man with terminal colon cancer, a new divorce, and a stack of debts, hangs himself. It's an open-and-shut suicide--except for a string of numbers inscribed on Beck's right arm. Minneapolis Homicide Detective Marshall Bahr can't make sense of the numbers or the fact that a guy everyone describes as sloppy tied a perfect hangman's noose for himself. But then he uncovers an obscure fact in the dead man's ancestry--a connection to the Battle of Gettysburg--and to make sense of its bearing on this homicide, he needs to understand ninety seconds of action at the end of this historical battle.

Mars and his partner Nettie Frisch begin to theorize based on the idea that this death-by-hanging just might be related to the Civil War. Then, another body turns up and before Mars can even believe it's true, they're are on the trail of a serial killer whose motive seems to be related to a contemporary controversy about Gettysburg and the descendents of the First Minnesota Volunteers, the legendary northern regiment who turned the tide against the Confederacy on that fateful day.

In this enormously compelling follow-up to Third Person Singular, KJ Erickson delivers a top-notch police procedural full of twists and turns, pitting a relentless cop against an equally determined killer.

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Dead Survivors
Chapter 1At four o'clock on that December afternoon, the dim winter sun cast a shallow light across Joey Beck's apartment. Outside, the sound of heavy traffic was steady as the Friday rush hour began. Joey glanced at his watch, then at the beckoning couch. He had two hours before he was due to meet his dad for dinner. Bone weary, he stretched out on the couch. 
 
It was the darkness of the room and the silence from the streets that wakened Joey five hours later. He sat upright as if shocked, his heart racing. His hand groped in the dark for the stem on his watch.

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KJ Erickson

KJ Erickson was raised in Chicago and Watertown, South Dakota, and now lives in Minneapolis. This is her second novel.

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The Dead Survivors
A Mars Bahr Mystery
KJ Erickson

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St. Martin's Press
Minotaur Books
April 2007
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ISBN: 9781429973601
ISBN10: 1429973609
384 pages
$7.99
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