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The Mensa murders
Martin, Lee, 1943-
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New York : St. Martin's Press, 1990.
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Lee Martin is the author of the award-winning story collection "The Least You Need to Know" & the recipient of an NEA fellowship among other awards. He is a professor of English at the University of North Texas & the editor of the "American Literary Review". Dutton will publish his first novel, "Just Enough Haughty", in June 2001.

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Booklist Review

Fort Worth policewoman Deb Ralston, beset by her menagerie of kids, pets, and husband, returns in a case involving a serial killer with a profound hatred of smart women--though most of the Mensa members portrayed here seem more like social rejects than intellectual giants. The first two victims are troubled women, both believers in spiritualism, one badly overweight, one obsessed with romantic thoughts directed at the boyfriend of Deb's best pal. As in her earlier works (including Deficit Ending [BKL Mr 1 90]), author Martin scales twin plot hurdles, delivering a seamlessly efficient procedural and continuing to develop the chaos-strewn saga of Ralston's private life. The case wobbles between the boyfriend, the brainy types who meet over Trivial Pursuit once a week, and a practicing medium. Then a third death occurs without a Mensa link. Hovering over the proceedings is a lunatic with a fixation on green dresses and a distracting habit of confessing to every murder committed in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. Deb may have some problems--chief among them, untidy kids of wildly disparate ages and a cranky, unemployed, laundry-ruining helicopter pilot for a hubby--but at least she owns no green dresses. A believable sleuth in a superior series. ~--Peter Robertson

Publisher's Weekly Review

Fort Worth police detective Deb Ralston returns to solve a string of murders in this lively procedural. The first fatality, Jane Stevenson, is assumed to have been a victim of her obesity and heart problems, but Deb shows otherwise. Examining the strangled woman's past for possible motives, Deb learns that Jane, a seeming nonentity, had been a member of the Mensa society for people with very high IQs. Believing the killer might murder again, Deb tries to warn other female Mensa members who are living alone. Unfortunately for Corie Meeks, she is too late. In searching Corie's home, Deb finds a photograph of psychiatrist Bradley Graves, who had also known Jane. Corie's infatuation with the handsome doctor raises troubling questions; then the murder of still a third woman, another Mensa member, suggests the murderer may be focusing on the victims' clothing, not their minds. As often happens in actual police work, the real tension does not build up until the grisly denouement, yet Martin's ( Death Warmed Over ) knowledge of police procedure makes this a satisfying, diverting read. (Dec.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved