Monday, June 11, 2007

Pg. 99: K.J. Erickson's "Alone at Night"

The current feature at the Page 99 Test: K.J. Erickson's fourth Mars Bahr mystery, Alone at Night.

About the book, from the author's website:
Mars Bahr and Nettie Frisch’s first assignment in the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension’s Cold Case Unit is the 1984 abduction of a young woman working alone at night in a rural Minnesota convenience store. The last sight of Andrea Bergstad is a fuzzy image on a surveillance camera. Then she disappears, without a trace, for 19 years.

Mars works with retired Redstone Chief of Police Sigvald Sampson to bring the cold case back to life. What they find reveals a deeper and darker conspiracy than anyone suspected. A conspiracy that ultimately puts Mars and the most important people in Mars’s life at risk.
Among the praise for the novel:
"Erickson does a nice job of making Andrea a real person, seamlessly integrating past and present by using Sampson's memories and Bahr's contemporary investigation. Be warned: there's a shocker here that will bring a gasp from readers familiar with this series."
--St. Paul Pioneer Press

"A tense, suspenseful, even poignant human drama."
--Kirkus Reviews
Alone at Night was a winner of 2005 Minnesota Book Award for Popular Fiction and a Barry Nominee for Best Novel.

Visit K.J. Erickson's website and read an excerpt from Alone at Night.

The Page 99 Test: Alone at Night.

--Marshal Zeringue