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The Last Witness: A Mystery by Kj Erickson
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The Last Witness: A Mystery

by Kj Erickson

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#3 Marshall “Mars” Bahr police procedural series set in Minneapolis. Mars has two weeks left before he and Nettie jump ship from the Minneapolis police department to start working for the state’s expanding cold case squad. What he doesn’t need is a hugely high-profile case, but that’s exactly what he gets when one of the Minnesota Timberwolves’ basketball players’ wives is found murdered in her home and “T-Jack” is a prime suspect—but he has an air-tight alibi, having been in a conference with his wife’s parents present at the time of her murder. The new police chief, who is a media hound and not at all adept at handling this type of case, promises a quick resolution and Mars is doing his best to make that come true, if only so he can leave the department with a clean slate. Of course things are never that simple and there seems to be obstacles at every turn, but eventually Mars comes up with a solution—one that I totally didn’t see coming.

On a personal level, Mars’ son Chris is growing up and his ex-wife has a new beau that Chris isn’t fond of. Mars has some hard choices to make both personally and professionally in this book and manages to rise to the occasion like a pro. This is by far my favorite in the series so far. Lots of seat-of-your pants action, a great visit with some characters that finally started to flesh out and grow on me in the last book, and a wonderful portrayal of the Twin Cities area by someone who obviously lives here. I am looking forward to the next—and unfortunately, I believe the last—book in this series. ( )
1 vote Spuddie | Mar 6, 2009 |
"An edge-of-your-courtside-seat thriller that catches readers in a full-court press and never lets up...A most satisfying crime game." -Publishers Weekly
"Readers will enjoy the well-drawn character of Mars-particularly his relationship with his eight-year-old son."-Booklist
"Erickson's best to date, which is really saying something since she set the standards high in her first two books."-Minneapolis Star Tribune
"Mars 'Candy Man' Bahr is as likable as ever."-Kirkus Reviews
"A splendid series."-Reviewing the Evidence
"KJ Erickson has fashioned a dandy police procedural, ingenious and suspenseful."
-San Diego Union-Tribune
"The Last Witness by KJ Erickson extends her run of excellent police procedurals to three."
-Minneapolis Star-Tribune
"A smoothly written, enjoyable, fast-moving mystery."-Deadly Pleasures (amazon.com)
  CollegeReading | Jun 17, 2008 |
Good mystery. ( )
  carolmt | Feb 29, 2008 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0312989857, Mass Market Paperback)

Heiress Terri Jackman was brutally murdered, and everyone-including Minneapolis Homicide detective "Mars" Bahr-believes that her abusive husband, basketball star Tayron "T-Jack" Jackman, did it. But he has an unshakeable alibi...

T-Jack was with Terri's parents and lawyer signing divorce papers when the killing took place. Now, to add insult to injury, he's pocketing a $100 million settlement-the price Terri's desperate parents paid to get her out of the marriage. Mars feels a burning need for justice in this case. But he's transferring out of Homicide in just ten day and facing a family crisis that could cost him his son. Is there time to find the flaw in T-Jack's perfect crime?

Soon Mars has hit the wall, which is broad and blue and looks like the new Chief of Police. Politics block his every shot...and so is a killer who has left no loose ends, just a path strewn with dead bodies. Because no one can squeal when they're as silent as the grave...

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"K. J. Erickson delivers a thriller in The Last Witness, which opens with the discovery of a brutal murder. The victim is Terri Jackman, the well-known wife of Minnesota Timberwolves point guard Tayron "T-Jack" Jackman, a notoriously violent and possessive man, and she's found stabbed and beaten to death on her own kitchen floor. Most people - including investigating detective Marshall "Mars" Bahr - see T-Jack as the prime suspect. But it becomes clear immediately that T-Jack's alibi is ironclad: He was with her parents and her lawyer at the time of her death, signing their divorce papers - he couldn't possibly have done it." "Furthermore, what would be his motive? Terri's parents paid him $100 million to get her out of this abusive relationship. With his divorce and the money, T-Jack finally has the upper hand. Why risk everything to kill her? Mars, unhappy with the new chief of police and due to transfer to the department's "cold case" department in a matter of days, is directed, along with his partner, Nettie Frisch, to find the one flaw in T-Jack's story, or prove everyone in the city - the mayor, the press, the chief of police, and the public, not to mention Terri's grieving mother - wrong."--BOOK JACKET.… (more)

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