Third Person Singular

A Mars Bahr Mystery

Mars Bahr Mysteries (Volume 1)

Kj Erickson

Minotaur Books

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Set against the black backdrop of a ruthless Minnesota winter, KJ Erickson's debut novel is bursting with masterfully plotted suspense and intricately rendered characters.

Prickly but gifted Minneapolis Special Detective Marshall "Mars" Bahr is a man whose devotion to his eight-year-old son is eclipsed only by his love of the hunt. Mars hasn't won any popularity contests among his fellow officers, but his commitment to his job and his investigative talents have gotten him a plumb assignment: Special Detective in charge of the First Response Unit, reporting directly to the chief.

On a winter morning, when Mars is called to the scene of a homicide near the outskirts of town, his first thought is that a homeless drunk passed out in the wrong place on a freezing cold night. What he finds turns out to be much more menacing, a nightmare case involving a teenage girl from the right side of the tracks.

With few clues and increasing pressure from the mayor on down to apprehend the killer, Mars is forced to turn away from the details of the crime on the bluffs and instead focus on the victim herself. Mary Pat Fitzgerald seemed to have a storybook lifestyle, at least from the outside. With a little digging, however, it becomes clear that appearances can be deceiving. Mars and his partner, Nettie Frisch, turn up some provocative clues in the search to uncover the truth about the young woman's lonely death-- but can they trust them?

Third Person Singular is a multilayered screamer of a debut that will have readers breathlessly awaiting KJ Erickson's next effort.

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  PART IMINNEAPOLISTHURSDAY, APRIL 3CHAPTER 1The Father Hennepin Bluffs rise on the east side of the Mississippi River, facing the Minneapolis skyline. Below the bluffs is St. Anthony Falls—the only falls on the more than two thousand miles of the Mississippi. It is at the falls that the Mississippi gives up its casual, low-banked meandering and begins to take itself and its journey to the Gulf of Mexico seriously.Evelyn Rau pulled up and parked on the railroad tracks that ran in front of the historic Pillsbury A Mill on Southeast Main Street.

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"Readers, take note. KJ Erickson has just arrived...Although a debut effort, this book feels as if it came from the pen of a seasoned veteran. Sit back and prepare to be amazed."--William Kent Krueger, Anthony Award-winning author of Iron Lake

"KJ Erickson has created an exceptionally assured first novel. From the opening paragraphs, the story twists and turns, taking us from the bluffs overlooking the Mississippi River in downtown Minneapolis to the dark beauty of the English countryside. Third Person Singular is intelligent and tough-- a psychological drama, a police procedural, and a thriller all rolled into one standout mystery!"--Ellen Hart, author of Hunting the Witch

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Kj Erickson

KJ Erickson was raised in Chicago and now lives in Minneapolis. This is her first novel.

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Third Person Singular
A Mars Bahr Mystery
Kj Erickson

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St. Martin's Press
Minotaur Books
April 2010
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ISBN: 9781429973625
ISBN10: 1429973625
336 pages
$7.99
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