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Dead Time (Marti MacAlister Series #1)
     

Dead Time (Marti MacAlister Series #1)

by Eleanor Taylor Bland
 

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Eleanor Taylor Bland's legions of fans, as well as new readers, will now be able to read the highly acclaimed novel that launched one of the first— and one of the best— mystery series written by an African American writer about an African American female cop. Dead Time will take you on an exhilarating ride through the streets of Chicago with one of

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Eleanor Taylor Bland's legions of fans, as well as new readers, will now be able to read the highly acclaimed novel that launched one of the first— and one of the best— mystery series written by an African American writer about an African American female cop. Dead Time will take you on an exhilarating ride through the streets of Chicago with one of the most unforgettable characters in mystery fiction today...

Black, widowed, and mother of two, police detective Marti MacAlister has relocated from Chicago to Lincoln Prairie, Illinois, only to be confronted with small-town attitudes and a partner who's not sure women belong in homicide. But Matthew "Vik" Jessenovik's old-fashioned thinking is far less compelling a problem than a brutal murder at the Cramer Hotel, home to the elderly, poor, and mentally ill.

When Marti and Vik discover that two abandoned children might have seen the killer, the case becomes even more urgent as Marti must use all of her street smarts to find a killer who is desperate to eliminate any possible witnesses to the crime— even if it's two innocent homeless kids...

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"One of today's most talented mystery writers."—Booklist

"An auspicious debut."—Publishers Weekly

"[Bland] is a fine storyteller."—Washington Post Book World

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
An auspicious debut, this gritty procedural introduces Marti MacAlister, a black woman detective in Lincoln Prairie, Ill., near Chicago. The Cramer Hotel, a local flophouse, becomes the scene of a crime when Lauretta Dorsey, a schizophrenic who had fled her wealthy family years before, is found murdered in her room. Marti, who has moved from Chicago after her husband's recent death, investigates the victim's background and discovers several secrets in her past. Lauretta had received a psychiatric discharge from the Navy during the Vietnam war; her fiance had mysteriously died. Evidence that some abandoned children who witnessed the crime are being stalked by the killer plus two more deaths in the hotel prod Marti to step up the search for the children. Bland handles the evolving relationship between Marti and a white male partner unsure of women's place in the police world with sensitivity and humor, while evoking with chilling reality the plight of the endangered children and the mentally ill. (Mar.)
Library Journal
Detective Marti McAlister, female, black, and formerly with the Chicago police, now works in much smaller Lincoln Prairie, which has similar crime problems. Marti and cohorts investigate the murder of an inoffensive but neurotic woman in a seedy residential hotel. When the killer begins eliminating possible witnesses, Marti desperately tries to locate several scavenging children before the murderer does. First novelist Bland competently incorporates the minutiae of police procedure with Marti's additional burdens of widowed parenthood, but in a detached and often flat manner that will leave most readers untouched.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780312977191
Publisher:
St. Martin's Press
Publication date:
05/28/2001
Series:
Marti MacAlister Series , #1
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
4.24(w) x 6.80(h) x 0.62(d)

Meet the Author

Eleanor Taylor Bland is the author of eight other mysteries featuring Marti MacAlister. She lives in Waukegan, Illinois.

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