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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (155 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Mark de Castrique Narrator: William Dufris Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Sam Blackman Mysteries Release Date: June 2008 ISBN: 9781455190607
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Sam Blackman is an angry man. A chief warrant officer in the criminal investigation detachment of the US military, he lost a leg in Iraq and has been outspoken in his criticism of his medical treatment. Then, ex-marine and fellow amputee Tikima Robertson walks into his hospital room, hinting that she has an opportunity for Sam to use his investigative skills. But before she can return, Tikima is murdered, her body found floating in the French Broad River.

When a journal dating to 1919 is found in Tikima’s home, detailing a ninety-year-old crime that foreshadows Tikima’s death, Sam must delve into the area’s rich history, the legacy of the Vanderbilts at the Biltmore estate, and author Tom Wolfe to uncover the murderous truth.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Outstanding…A wealth of historical detail, an exciting treasure hunt, and credible characters distinguish this fresh, adventurous read.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “Known for his effortless storytelling, de Castrique once again delivers a compelling tale blending fact and fiction, this one involving racial tension, the aftermath of war, and the authentication of manuscripts.”

    Library Journal (starred review)

  • “High adventure, including lost treasure, and historical detail about Asheville…combine to keep listeners engaged. ”

    AudioFile

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Theresa Sivelle | 1/18/2014

    " This is another one that I listened to in my car. I enjoyed this one with it's bits of history. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Linda | 1/16/2014

    " This is the first in a new mystery series starring Sam Blackman, an injured Iraq war veteran who lost his leg while serving. It looks like a promising start. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ellen | 12/13/2013

    " I really enjoyed reading the excellent story of the Iraq vet, amputee, intertwined with the history of Ashville North Carolina. Ashville is one of my favorite places, and I learned a lot I didn't know. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jessica | 12/3/2013

    " A strong protagonist bodes well for future entries in the series, but I'd like to see some more creativity in the plotting. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christine | 11/4/2013

    " What could a 90-year-old diary have to do with the murder of an American veteran? Fellow veteran (and amputee) Sam Blackman investigates. This book is a great mystery and a fascinating look at historic Asheville and the Biltmore estate. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lise | 5/4/2013

    " I hesitate when giving this four stars because it is no Jane Austin or Tom Wolfe. However, for an easy read and interesting history surrounding a place I love visiting, (the Vanderbilt Mansion), it was enjoyable. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Beth | 4/17/2013

    " This was an interesting story incorporating places and history from around Asheville, North Carolina and the Biltmore House. Very entertaining. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Julieb | 1/3/2013

    " Enjoyed the local history about Asheville NC, Vanderbilts' Biltmore House and the gemstone/gold mining history of Western North Carolina. De Castrique is a good storyteller "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Judy | 12/22/2012

    " This in an intricately plotted mystery set in Asheville, NC. Not great literature but good escapist reading. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kristi | 11/15/2012

    " I listened to this as an audiobook on some of my longer runs. It was a good story and the ending wasn't predictable. The narrator drove me crazy doing all the different voices and I feel like he had weird pauses, but the book itself was enjoyable. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Viccy | 10/12/2012

    " Sam Blackman is back from Iraq minus a leg. He is languishing in a VA hospital in Asheville NC because of his outspoken criticism of medical practices at Walter Reed Hospital. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rlcohen | 9/8/2012

    " Good mystery with a historical background set in Asheville NC. Chief character is an Iraq war vet whose lost a leg. Some good Thomas Wolfe trivia. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jackie | 6/30/2012

    " This book passed the 3 chapter test with flying colors - but then it took a nose dive and I never completed it. Wasn't worth continuing when there are so many good books out there. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Susan | 8/30/2011

    " Not usually my cup o' tea, but this mystery series features a likable hero and heroine and an interesting premise. In this book, an unpublished work by Thomas Wolfe helps the good guys solve both a recent murder and one that occurred in the early 1900s. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 MaryAnn | 6/9/2011

    " New series by this author. Lots of Biltmore House, Thomas Wolfe history. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lisa | 6/5/2011

    " Quick donwload on the iPod. The main character is an Iraqi vet who has just come home from being wounded (lost his leg), so it was interesting how the author "maneuvered" him around in the story as he becomes a detective by default. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lisa | 5/10/2011

    " Quick donwload on the iPod. The main character is an Iraqi vet who has just come home from being wounded (lost his leg), so it was interesting how the author "maneuvered" him around in the story as he becomes a detective by default. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Theresa | 6/25/2010

    " This is another one that I listened to in my car. I enjoyed this one with it's bits of history. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Susan | 12/30/2009

    " Not usually my cup o' tea, but this mystery series features a likable hero and heroine and an interesting premise. In this book, an unpublished work by Thomas Wolfe helps the good guys solve both a recent murder and one that occurred in the early 1900s. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rlcohen | 9/22/2009

    " Good mystery with a historical background set in Asheville NC. Chief character is an Iraq war vet whose lost a leg. Some good Thomas Wolfe trivia. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lise | 4/23/2009

    " I hesitate when giving this four stars because it is no Jane Austin or Tom Wolfe. However, for an easy read and interesting history surrounding a place I love visiting, (the Vanderbilt Mansion), it was enjoyable. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Beth | 9/24/2008

    " This was an interesting story incorporating places and history from around Asheville, North Carolina and the Biltmore House. Very entertaining. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Linda | 7/16/2008

    " This is the first in a new mystery series starring Sam Blackman, an injured Iraq war veteran who lost his leg while serving. It looks like a promising start. "

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About the Author
Author Mark de Castrique

Mark de Castrique is the author of the acclaimed Barry Clayton and Sam Blackman mystery series set in his native North Carolina and of the The 13th Target, a political thriller set in Washington, DC.

About the Narrator

William Dufris attended the University of Southern Maine in Portland-Gorham before pursuing a career in voice work in London and then the United States. He has won more than twenty AudioFile Earphones Awards, was voted one of the Best Voices at the End of the Century by AudioFile magazine, and won the prestigious Audie Award in 2012 for best nonfiction narration. He lives with his family in Maine.