The Dead Key

The Dead Key

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1998. For years the old First Bank of Cleveland has sat abandoned, perfectly preserved. Twenty years before, amid strange staff disappearances and allegations of fraud, panicked investors sold the bank in the middle of the night, locking out customers and employees, and thwarting a looming federal investigation. In the confusion that followed, the keys to the vault's safe-deposit boxes were lost. When engineer Iris Latch stumbles upon them during a renovation survey, what begins as a welcome break from her cubicle becomes an obsession as she unravels the bank's sordid past-- and soon realizes that the key to the mystery comes at an astonishing price.
Publisher: Seattle : Thomas & Mercer, [2015]
Copyright Date: ©2015
ISBN: 9781477820872
Branch Call Number: M PULLEY D
Characteristics: 470 pages ; 21 cm


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Jan 15, 2018

I loved it! Borrowed from the digital audio version from the county library system. Does a great job of tying the present to the past and uses the authors engineering knowledge. Only complaint... character names can get confusing and i recommend making a chart as a quick reference to keep things straight. Does an excellent job of bring the danger and problems of the past in to the present. I enjoyed the honesty and courage of the lead character from the past and the main character in the present. You won't be disappointed.

Dec 06, 2016

I am not a fan of this book! It took forever to read since it is so boring and moves extremely slowly. I was never on the edge of my seat, however, after reading one of the reviews I wanted to find out how it ended. Very predictable ending with no surprises at all. Please don't waste your time. I enjoy real Mystery Books, not this one. Why this book received an award is beyond my comprehension.

LMcShaneCLE Dec 29, 2015

I agree with agkersh - there are some lapses, but this book has great potential to be a movie. Love the local history and for fun - read the book, then visit downtown Heinens in the George Post rotunda and former Ameritrust building that is now The Nine hotel.

agkersh Dec 28, 2015

The Dead Key is D.M. Pulley’s first book and the winner of the 2014 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award-Grand Prize and Mystery Thriller Fiction Winner. After reading and being immersed in this mystery, I can understand the awards. I lived and worked in Downtown Cleveland during both protagonists’ time periods and find this to be an intriguing fictional history and mystery of what happened to the old bank in 1978 and 1998 at 9th and Euclid.
Two timelines and protagonists come together to solve the mystery of the bank’s safe deposit boxes. In 1978, Beatrice Baker takes a secretarial job at 16 and begins to find that there are secrets to kill for at the First Bank of Cleveland. In 1998, Iris Latch is an engineer sent to the bank to do a floor to floor survey for buyers interested in the old bank building. She finds many rooms, offices and files exactly as they were the day the bank locked its doors in 1978. Even though there is a twenty year time span, both young women become endangered as they try to understand the importance of the keys to the safe deposit boxes in the vault.
I really enjoyed the two intertwining timelines and protagonists. Beatrice was a much more sympathetic and strong character. She faces extremely difficult personal problems and dangerous situations for her young age. Iris hates her job, parties too much and is not very responsible. I feel many of us at that age can relate to boring first office jobs, wanting to get away from home and few friends which can lead to bad judgement at times. Plot twists, spooky atmosphere and an interesting mystery makes for a very happy reader. I recommend this book highly.

adierose Mar 01, 2015

Is it in large print? Didn't see it but just wondered if it will come in later.


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