The Dead Survivors: A Mars Bahr Mystery

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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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A SUSPICIOUS DEATH
When Frank Beck, a sympathetic dreamer on a lifelong losing streak, is found hanged during a lonely Minnesota snowstorm, everyone assumes that he committed suicide. But Minneapolis Homicide Detective Marshall Bahr can't make sense of the numbers inscribed on Beck's right arm or the fact that a guy who was described as sloppy could tie a perfect hangman's noose for himself...

A LEGENDARY BATTLE
Mars begins to dig deep into Beck's life and 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 nineteen seconds of action at the end of this historical battle. Could Beck's death-by-hanging be related to the Civil War?

A PSYCHOTIC KILLER ON THE LOOSE
Then another body turns up-and another. Now Mars is on the trail of a serial killer whose motive seems to be related to a contemporary controversy about Gettysburg. From the freezing Minnesota winter to Richmond, Virginia, Mars embarks on an investigation where he discovers that past and present co-mingle-and old grudges lead to modern murder

"Erickson writes in a fine style, and she conducts the procedural drill like a trouper."
--The New York Times Book Review

"A thoroughly satisfying narrative, a sympathetic protagonist, descriptive details, and clever plotting place this follow-up to Third Person Singular high on the "buy" list."
--Library Journal

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THE DEAD SURVIVORS
"A spiffy police procedural."--Houston Chronicle

"Mars Bahr is a delicious hero in a series that shows promise."-Booklist

"Mars Bahr is a sensitive and appealing protagonist."--Kirkus Reviews

THIRD PERSON SINGULAR
"One standout mystery."--Ellen Hart, author of The Merchant of Venus

"A riveting crime novel...sit back and prepare to be amazed."
-William Kent Krueger, Anthony Award-winning author of Iron Lake

"The writing is so flawless, the tone so true, that the reader wholeheartedly enters the world of Mars Bahr...this is the first in a worthy series."--Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"Erickson's sensitive, intelligent detective makes a creditable debut."--Kirkus Reviews

"Readers will enjoy the well-drawn character of Mars - particularly his relationship with his eight-year-old son."--Booklist

"This novel is a virtual page-turner, well worth your time and money."--Rapport

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