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Before Another Dies (The Madison Glenn Series #2) Paperback – May 26, 2005

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Praise for Alton Gansky’s The Incumbent.

". . . will keep you guessing until the very end . . . most impressive is the character of mayor Maddy Glenn. . . I recommend The Incumbent to any lover of a good mystery." —Tim LaHaye

Running for congress is hard work for Madison Glenn. But she never expected it to be murder.

Running the coastal city of Santa Rita. Campaigning for a congressional seat. Staying one step ahead of a high-powered corporate broker’s demands. Life couldn’t get more difficult for Mayor Maddy Glenn—or so she thinks.

Enter three murders in three days. Rumors fly of a serial killer at large, and the press has a field day with Santa Rita’s embattled mayor. Especially when a strange pattern emerges: the victims were all fans of a radio talk show whose enigmatic host specializes in the weird and unusual. Coincidence or clue?

For Maddy, the search for answers is about to become personal. Refusing to play it safe, Maddy is caught in a lethal game in which seconds count. But even her renowned grit and tenacity—and her emerging faith--may not be enough to prevent more brutal deaths.

Including her own.

About the Author

Alton Gansky ( has written a number of other novels, including Zero-G, Finder's Fee, Director's Cut, Before Another Dies, The Prodigy, and the J. D. Stanton mystery series. He also writes nonfiction books that explore the mysteries of faith, the Bible, and God. He and his wife, Becky, have three adult children and live in Southern California.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Zondervan; First Edition edition (May 26, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0310259355
  • ISBN-13: 978-0310259350
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.8 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,854,920 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Alton L. Gansky is the author of 24 novels and 8 nonfiction works, as well as principle writer of 9 novels and 2 nonfiction books. He has been a Christie Award finalist (A Ship Possessed) and an Angel Award winner (Terminal Justice) and recently was award the ACFW award for best suspense/thriller for his work on Fallen Angel. He holds a BA and MA in biblical studies and Lit.D. He lives in central California with his wife.

Gansky is in frequent demand at writer's conferences having taught and keynoted in California, Arizona, New Mexico, North Carolina, Delaware, Washington, and Canada. He has also been guest lecturer on suspense writing at Taylor University in Indiana.

He is the director of the premier writers conference: Blue Ridge Mountain Christian Writers.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Susan Sleeman on March 22, 2007
Format: Paperback
It's a beautiful day in the neighborhood the morning Santa Rita's Mayor Madison Glenn drives into City Hall's parking lot. Eager to get started in the job she'd held for two years and still thrives on, Maddy isn't prepared for the lime green Gremlin that stops her cold. Gremlin car that is, parked in her reserved spot with a dead body inside.

In town that usually sees only a few murders in one year, the body in the Gremlin signals the beginning of a murder spree, all connected to the city. Maddy, amidst running the city and campaigning for a congressional seat, helps Detective Judson West find the killer. And if this doesn't keep her busy enough, Maddy saves time to follow her budding feelings for him.

Alton Gansky's character Maddy Glenn is well developed and completely believable. In the book, her friend Nat accuses her of being unique in many ways--witty, intelligent, driven, committed, and selflessness. This is near the end of the book, and as you read Nat's comments you realize that Gansky was successful in portraying Maddy as all of those things. From the beginning you can admire her spunk, her wit, and her desire to control a free wielding tongue to let her emerging faith control her life instead. She inspires Christians who struggle with new faith and helps them see how to develop coping skills through tenacity and daily Bible study.

The plot is strong and moves along at a solid pace. There were a few times I wished it moved faster but I never lost interest. Gansky's dialogue is strong and realistic. His characters are quirky and memorable while realistic. All in all, I found this a lighthearted read that kept me turning the pages at night. I would very much recommend this title and plan to go back and read, The Incumbent, the first in the series. And Alton, if you read this I hope you plan another Maddy selection. Come on, Alton. We need to know if she ends up with the guy and which one she chooses.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kathryn E. Miller on April 2, 2007
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I love how Gansky propels you in one direction and it sounds so reasonable and yet he has something up his sleeve. He is a master of compelling, turn-paging novels. I'm always eager to get into his books and this one pleased me as usual. Suspenceful and romantic, I couldn't wait to get back to it.
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By Shelli Mcvey on September 4, 2007
Format: Paperback
GREAT Christian mystery, but before you read this one you need to read the first book in this series. You can still read this one first but to get to know the characters better read the first book "The Incumbant" . I really enjoy reading Alton Gansky books. We need more good Christian Mystery books like these. This mystery will keep you guessing till the end!!
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