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The Dead Survivors: A Mars Bahr Mystery (Mars Bahr #2)

3.48 of 5 stars 3.48  ·  rating details  ·  63 ratings  ·  7 reviews
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
Paperback, 336 pages
Published May 18th 2003 by Minotaur Books (first published March 11th 2002)
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Great read if you are a Civil War buff. Not so great read if you are looking for more suspense and action than continuous history lessons. I don't mind learning facts here and there as intertwined with a story, but in this case it seemed to take over the story.
I found the plot somewhat implausible and the story just dragged for me. However, I do like these characters a lot.
Mary Ahlgren
Interesting reading as the controversy over flying the confederate flag is raging.
I whipped through this as quickly as I did Third Person Singular, Erickson's debut novel. Wonderful! Erickson did a delightful job of keeping me guessing and throwing a juicy red-herring. She also continues to blend beautifully Mars' detective work with his personal life. In her hands, the personal stuff is rich, nuanced, and believable -- making the personal subplot just as interesting and engaging as the murder mystery.
.I hope the next two books of this series are better than this one. I had a really hard time getting into it and Mars flying here there and everwhere. Hard for me to get the drift of the story and keep up with the characters. Disappointed since I really enjoyed the first one.
Erickson's usual detective-fiction strengths here are complemented by the foray into the strange world of Civil-War leftovers, reenactors, and wannabes.
Amber Hester
Good book if you like mysteries.
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Mars Bahr (4 books)
  • Third Person Singular (Mars Bahr, #1)
  • The Last Witness (Mars Bahr, #3)
  • Alone at Night (Mars Bahr, #4)

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