A Cold and Silent Dying (Marti MacAlister)

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Lincoln Prairie Homicide Detective Marti MacAlister does not get along with her new boss. Lieutenant Gail Nicholson disapproves of what she calls Marti's sloppy work habits, and regards her success as a fluke rather than the result of hard work and skill. Marti thinks the woman just may be feeling overly competitive with her, as one of the only other women on the job, and a black woman at that, but Marti knows she must put up with her boss's ill will or else she could be out of job.

When a homeless woman turns up dead, Lt. Nicholson dismisses the case. After all, being a suburb of Chicago, Lincoln Prairie has its share of homeless citizens, and another dead one-especially in the winter-ranks pretty low on the lieutenant's radar screen. She's more worried about an assault on a city alderman. But unable to let the woman's death go, Marti takes it upon herself to figure out the truth, even if it costs Marti her job. Could this homicide be part of a larger pattern? Can Marti find the killer before another person turns up dead?

The twelfth book in Eleanor Taylor Bland's acclaimed series, A Cold and Silent Dying is a suspenseful, compelling, compassionate story.

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Eleanor Taylor Bland, the "grande dame of Chicago mystery writers," according the Chicago Sun-Times, is the author of eleven previous Marti MacAlister mysteries and the editor of the anthology, Shades of Black: Crime and Mystery Stories by African-American Authors. She lives in Waukegan, Illinois, which serves as the model for Marti's hometown of Lincoln Prairie.

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As usual, Bland tightly fuses Marti MacAlister's personal life with a crime investigation in the 12th eventful outing for the black homicide detective, who must contend with an old nemesis from 2001's Whispers in the Dark. Marti's best friend, Sharon, seems unable to cope with her daughter, Lisa, with whom she's constantly at odds. Partner Matthew "Vik" Jessenovik's wife's multiple sclerosis is worsening. Marti's supportive boss, Lieutenant Dirkowitz, has been replaced by ambitious Gail Nicholson, an African-American woman who considers her a competitor to be disposed of. Worst of all, Sharon's ex-husband, psychopathic killer DeVonte Lutrell, is back seeking vengeance on Sharon and Marti. DeVonte is both a shrewd and reckless serial killer and not above using an innocent child as bait to lure his ex-wife and Marti to their deaths. The mythic city of Lincoln Prairie, where most of the action occurs, has almost as many killings as its larger neighbor, Chicago. Vik and Marti find themselves stretched to their limit as these personal and professional crises converge with deadly results. Despite the book's contrived climax, fans will relish the strong bonds of loyalty, friendship and family Bland celebrates.
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