TELL NO TALES Hardcover – Jan 28 1999
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From Publishers Weekly
African-American police detective Marti MacAlister and her Polish-American partner, Vic, turn introspective in the seventh volume of Bland's popular series (See No Evil, etc.). Both Chicago detectives are intrigued when the mummified corpse of a pregnant African-American female is found in an abandoned downtown theater. After Barnabas Cheney, the wealthy theater owner's mentally disturbed son, is killed in another downtown building, Marti and Vic suspect his murder may be related to the petrified body. Working with few clues (a missing picture in an antique frame, a Swiss pocket watch), the seasoned officers begin what looks to be a routine investigation?only each promising lead winds up a dead end. Not until they start delving into Barnabas's past do Marti and Vic find a connection between the mummy and Vic's old police mentor, Curly. The discovery of Curly's possible corruption places a wedge between the partners, who are already stretched by their personal lives: Marti is having difficulty adjusting to her recent marriage and Vic's wife is suffering from a vicious flare-up of multiple sclerosis. Bland again engages the reader on many levels as Marti and Vic reevaluate their partnership while solving the case that could divide them forever. Agent, Ted Chichak. Author tour.
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc.
From Library Journal
African American police detective Marti MacAlister (See No Evil, LJ 1/98) and partner Vik juggle two murder cases and troubles at home. Marti, married at last, faces stepfamily problems, while Vik must reconcile himself to his wife's medical diagnosis. Sure to be popular with fans.
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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Marti and Vik find themselves caught up in a mystery that tests their partnership, strains their family relationships and forces Vik to re-examine his hero worship of Curly Smith, a man who was like a second father to him. At first glance the two bodies have nothing to do with one another but as these detectives plow through the facts, secrets are uncovered.
Join these two as they unravel a mystery containing many actors spread over three decades. Watch Marti as she attempts to understand the social and political mores of the times that led to the murder of the mummy. Explore Vik's feelings concerning his father, his uncritical love for Curly and his guilt over his wife's illness.
Tell no Tales weaves an intricate web of emotions, politics, wealth, prejudice and failed justice that grabs the reader and has you wondering just how things will turn out. Bland does a good job in putting us in the detectives' shoes in exploring all aspects of the two cases which don't seem to be inter-related. You won't be able to put this tale down.
The body of an unidentified mummified woman was found in an abandoned theater owned by the wealthy Cheney family. The second deceased person turns out to be Barnabas Cheney, a mentally disturbed individual. Someone murdered both victims with the only link being Barnabas. As Marti and Vik investigate, clues seem to take them no where until they find a link to Vik's police mentor and hero, former detective Curly Smith, an item threatens to split the team apart.
The seventh novel in the MacAlister-Jessenovik police procedural continues the tradition of multilevel story lines blending into a wonderful novel. The main plot evolves around the murder investigation. However, the secondary plots bring much personal depth including the schism between the former tightly unified detective team. It is the secondary tales that make TELL NO TALES and the fabulous
previous books into one of the best representatives of the sub-genre. No one comes away from an Eleanor Taylor Bland reading experience feeling that they tasted a bland novel because of the varying complexities that ultimately flow into an entertaining book.
Most recent customer reviews
This, by far, was my favorite in this entire series. The plot was thick, the characters were deep and the ending was perfect. What more can a reader ask for? Read morePublished on June 17 1999
"Bland again engages the reader on many levels as Marti and Vic reevaluate their partnership while solving the case that could divide them forever"Published on May 29 1999
"Tell No Tales is a treat for longtime fans and a good introduction to those who have not yet made her acquaintance."Published on May 29 1999