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When engineer Iris Latch gets her first field assignment out of college, surveying an abandoned bank, she’s just looking forward to a break from her cubicle. Instead, hidden among cobwebbed desks and dusty files untouched for twenty years, she finds hints that something rotten used to go on in the back offices. She comes to believe that someone else, a young secretary named Beatrice Baker, may have left those clues on purpose—and at great risk to herself.

The “dead key” in the title can grant access to wealth and forgotten secrets, but for me, the most valuable thing it unlocks is Iris’s connection to this young woman from the past. They share a lonely but fierce spirit that won’t let them step aside as corrupt and powerful men go unpunished. Their stories intertwine even though they don’t know each other, and in a strange way, they are counting on each other to expose the truth at last.

I fell completely under the spell of D. M. Pulley’s storytelling, and I’m not alone: readers voted this book the grand prize winner of the 2014 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award. The author, herself an engineer, told me that she was inspired by her own experience of surveying a building that had been vacant since the 1970s. “I began to wonder about the people who worked in the building when it closed. Walking through the empty secretarial pools, I imagined a young woman trapped at her desk, holding the key to the scandal that ruined the bank. I felt like she wanted to tell me what happened.”

Put yourself in D. M. Pulley’s shoes. Entering an abandoned building for the first time, brushing away the dust to find traces of other lives—how could you not begin to wonder what undisturbed secrets those rooms held?

- Kjersti Egerdahl, Editor

About the Author

D. M. Pulley is a professional engineer from Shaker Heights, Ohio, who specializes in rehabbing historic structures as well as conducting forensic investigations of building failures. Pulley's structural survey of an abandoned building in Cleveland formed the basis for The Dead Key. --This text refers to the audioCD edition.

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  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B00LWE0QZM
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Thomas & Mercer (1 March 2015)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 1528 KB
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Screen Reader ‏ : ‎ Supported
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • X-Ray ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Word Wise ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 503 pages
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D.M. Pulley lives in northeast Ohio with her husband, her two children, and a dog named Hobo. Before becoming a full-time writer, she worked as a Professional Engineer rehabbing historic structures and conducting forensic investigations of building failures. Pulley's structural survey of a vacant building in Cleveland inspired her debut novel, The Dead Key, the winner of the 2014 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award. Since then, Pulley has sold over a half a million books worldwide, and her work has been translated into eight different languages.

Pulley's historical mysteries shine a light into the darker side of life in the Midwest during the twentieth century, when cities like Detroit and Cleveland struggled to survive. Her latest novel, No One’s Home (due out September 1, 2019), unravels the disturbing history of an old mansion haunted by family secrets, financial ruin, and murder. The abandoned buildings, haunted houses, and buried past of the Rust Belt continue to inspire her work. Learn more at www.dmpulley.com.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Both Iris’s and Beatrice’s characters are well written and the throughout the story it is easy to connect with them emotionally
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5.0 out of 5 stars Loved this book which is historically accurate and highly evocative
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