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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 Dufri Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Sam Blackman Mysteries Release Date:
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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. ”


Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by 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 by 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 by 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 by 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. "

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About the Author
Author Mark de Castrique

Mark de Castrique is the author of the Washington, DC, political thriller, The 13th Target, and author of the critically acclaimed Barry Clayton and Sam Blackman mystery series, both set in the mountains of his native North Carolina, and as well as mysteries for young adults. He is a veteran of the television and film production industry and serves as an adjunct professor at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.