Keep Still (Marti MacAlister Series #5)

Keep Still (Marti MacAlister Series #5)

by Eleanor Taylor Bland
     
 

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Crime veteran Marti MacAlister has put her husband's killer in jail and her heart on hold while she juggles life with two teenagers and eighteen-hour days as the only black woman cop in a Chicago suburb.

In a summer of drugs, gangs, guns, and weirdos, two new homicides seem unrelated-a lonely old woman's fall down her basement steps casts suspicion on her

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Crime veteran Marti MacAlister has put her husband's killer in jail and her heart on hold while she juggles life with two teenagers and eighteen-hour days as the only black woman cop in a Chicago suburb.

In a summer of drugs, gangs, guns, and weirdos, two new homicides seem unrelated-a lonely old woman's fall down her basement steps casts suspicion on her bickering heirs and an ex-teacher drowns in a motel pool with no one to mourn her.

Then a collection of newspaper clippings and an eruption of brutal murders propel Marti back seven years to an abused child's disappearance-and into a fierce need to pull the threads together. Slowly, skillfully, she draws closer a killer out to bury a family horror only Marti can lay to rest.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"Marti MacAlister is a most welcome addition to crime fiction." —Sara Paretsky

"MacAlister is the real deal." —Chicago Tribune

"Pulls no punches...a stellar installment in an excellent series." —Booklist

"A deftly written, cleverly plotted joy to read." —Washington Times

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Unrelated murder cases plague Lincoln Prairie, Ill., police detective Marti MacAlister in her fifth outing (following Done Wrong, 1995). Elderly Sophie Admunds's demise looks accidental until the medical examiner's report finds oil on her shoes and a bruise more in keeping with a push than her fatal fall down the stairs. Her elder son, who had been pressuring her to sell her house, is the prime suspect. But as Marti and her acerbic partner, Vic Jessenovik, methodically investigate, another death echoes the first when the coroner assures them that the drowning of motel manager Liddy Fields was no accident. Treating the cases as separate, they are stunned when a link between the two victims emerges: both had been advocates of an abused child who had gone missing seven years earlier. Marti and Vic must follow up on the older case in order to solve the more recent murders. Bland pulls no punches in this tale as she bares the harrowing realities of child abuse for her readers. (July)
Stuart Miller
Bland's Lincoln Prairie, Illinois, police detective Marti McAlister appears in her fifth case, still wrestling with the demands of job, family, and boyfriend. This time, the seemingly unrelated murders of two women stump Marti and her partner, Jessenovik, until they discover that both victims had a connection to an eight-year-old unsolved case concerning the disappearance of a young girl, a victim of child abuse by her father and brothers. When a retired teacher and a social worker who were involved with the old case are also murdered, suspicion begins to fall on the missing girl's surviving family. This series has previously dealt with the grim histories of other highly dysfunctional families. While Bland pulls no punches in describing the appalling human capacity for cruelty, she counterbalances the world's evil with the character of Marti, a woman who seeks justice rather than retribution and who will not let herself be robbed of her own capacity for love and caring because so many others lack it. A stellar installment in an excellent series.
Kirkus Reviews
What looks at first like a fatal accident and at second like an unassuming, all-in-the-family homicide—elderly widow Sophia Admunds's quiet fall down her basement steps—reveals a much more sinister side when Lincoln Prairie, Illinois, cop Marti MacAlister (Done Wrong, 1995, etc.) and her partners link it to the drowning of teacher's aide Liddy Fields. Liddy had even fewer friends than Sophia had bickering heirs; the one blip on her screen is her attachment to Natalie Beatty, a schoolgirl she couldn't save from being returned to her abusive family eight years ago. Natalie disappeared soon thereafter; the rest of her family has disappeared, too; and now, it seems as if everybody who knew her at Park Elementary—Sophia Admunds, for instance—may be on the endangered list.

A heartfelt indictment of child abuse that's still the most uneventful of Marti's five cases. But the killer's chilling final confession strikes deep.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780312961725
Publisher:
St. Martin's Press
Publication date:
02/15/1998
Series:
Marti MacAlister Series, #5
Pages:
240
Product dimensions:
4.25(w) x 6.75(h) x 0.59(d)

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Sara Paretsky
Marci McAlister is a most welcome addition to crime fiction.

Meet the Author

Eleanor Taylor Bland is the author of four previous Marti MacAlister mysteries: Done Wrong, Gone Quiet, Slow Burn, and Dead Time. She lives in Waukegan, Illinois.

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