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

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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
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Paperback, 336 pages
Published May 18th 2003 by Minotaur Books (first published March 11th 2002)
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Eadie
Jan 16, 2016 Eadie rated it really liked it
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 bear ...more
Felisa Rosa
Mar 08, 2016 Felisa Rosa rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
An apparent suicide leads Detective Mars Bahr (wtf?) to discover a series of murders that seem linked to the Battle of Gettysburg. Set in Minnesota and Virginia, this book is atmospheric and populated with solid characters. I enjoyed the historical element of the plot, but there were quite a few plot holes and leaps of logic that annoyed me. That said, this was an enjoyable read.
Dt
Mar 19, 2015 Dt rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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.
Susan
Mar 05, 2014 Susan rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I found the plot somewhat implausible and the story just dragged for me. However, I do like these characters a lot.
Mary Ahlgren
Jul 31, 2015 Mary Ahlgren rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Interesting reading as the controversy over flying the confederate flag is raging.
Jenna
Sep 15, 2009 Jenna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Kathy
Sep 11, 2010 Kathy rated it it was ok
.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.
E
Sep 19, 2008 E rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
May 23, 2008 Amber Hester rated it liked it
Good book if you like mysteries.
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