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Third person singular
K. J. Erickson
Adult Fiction ERICKSON

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From Publishers' Weekly:

Moving with great ease and speaking with great authority, this first novel introduces Marshall "Mars" Bahr, a divorced dad struggling to do the right thing for his precocious eight-year-old son, Chris. He's also the detective that Minneapolis calls in on its toughest homicide cases. This time the victim is Mary Pat Fitzgerald, a smart blonde teenager from a good family in the nearby suburb of Edina. She's found stabbed on a deserted path on the Father Hennepin Bluffs, with a bellyful of gin. By all accounts, the girl never drank, and what was she doing so far from home? As Mars digs into her private life, he finds a mother who's a drunk, an abusive father and a best friend who's not talking. In spite of the diligent work of Mars and his quasi-partner, Nettie Frisch, the case stalls. Months later, a completely unexpected break occurs when the Boston murder of another young girl is linked to the Fitzgerald case. Mars is drawn back in, unaware that he is believing exactly what the killer wants him to believe. The writing here is so flawless, the tone so true, that the reader wholeheartedly enters the world of Mars Bahr and others. Well-chosen details about Minneapolis's history and the politics in city hall enhance the setting; a strong, precise style and deftly handled transitions make the book sheer pleasure to read. If there's a weakness, it's the lack of development in Mars's personal life, although he does have a charming and unusual relationship with his son. With any luck, this is the first in a worthy new series. (Jan. 6) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

From Library Journal:

Detective Marshall "Mars" Bahr, known to co-workers as "Candy Man" (but not because of his name), reports directly to the Minneapolis police chief, especially when a young woman of impeccable background is murdered near the newly renovated waterfront. Suspicion falls first on her supposedly out-of-state boyfriend, then on an unknown "pick-up," and finally on a serial killer. Despite media pressure, Mars and partner Nellie ultimately prevail in this talented and exciting first novel. Sympathetic characters, a comfortable narrative, and a satisfyingly convoluted plot combine to create a winning procedural. For all collections. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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main characters Mars (Marshall) Bahr
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Divorced
Special detective; works the high-profile, difficult cases.
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Nettie (Jeanette) Frisch
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Mars's office-bound partner.
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