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Dead Time [Mass Market Paperback]

Eleanor Bland
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Nov. 19 1993 Signet
In the suburban town of Lincoln Prairie, hard-nosed homicide cop Marti MacAlister searches desperately for two nine-year-old runaways who witnessed the strangling of a former mental patient at the Cramer Hotel. Reprint.

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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.
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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.
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Bland is never bland Nov. 13 2001
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Eleanor Taylor Bland doesn't know how to write a bad mystery.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Read!!!! April 15 1999
By greenom
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This book was good reading. Bland presented a mystery with an edge of suspense. The reading is easy and fast. Once you start, you will not put it down until you finish.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book July 22 1998
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This is the first book that I have read by Taylor-Bland. I happened to run across it at the library. It was great I finished it in less than two days. It kept my interest from the very first page.I am looking forward to reading all of her books.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent. July 20 1998
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Talylor-Bland has done it again. This is the 3rd book in her series that I have read. She is magnificent mystery writer.
She will keep you guessing as to "who done it", but in the end you are usually surprised.
Keep up the good work Eleanor. I am reading "Done Wrong" now. I am sure it will be as good as the others.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent. July 20 1998
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Talylor-Bland has done it again. This is the 3rd book in her series that I have read. She is magnificent mystery writer.
She will keep you guessing as to "who done it", but in the end you are usually surprised.
Keep up the good work Eleanor. I am reading "Done Wrong" now. I am sure it will be as good as the others.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Read!!!! April 15 1999
By greenom - Published on Amazon.com
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This book was good reading. Bland presented a mystery with an edge of suspense. The reading is easy and fast. Once you start, you will not put it down until you finish.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book July 22 1998
By augie29@webtv.net - Published on Amazon.com
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This is the first book that I have read by Taylor-Bland. I happened to run across it at the library. It was great I finished it in less than two days. It kept my interest from the very first page.I am looking forward to reading all of her books.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Bland is never bland Nov. 13 2001
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Eleanor Taylor Bland doesn't know how to write a bad mystery.
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