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3.94 out of 53.94 out of 53.94 out of 53.94 out of 53.94 out of 5 3.94 (31 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Ian Smith Narrator: Ian Smith Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: June 2004 ISBN: 9780739312971
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A rainy night . . . A stranded motorist . . . A Good Samaritan passerby … a Nobel Prize–winning professor . . . The setup for a shocking murder designed to cover up an even more sinister crime . . . 

The Blackbird Papers marks the debut of Ian Smith, a major new talent in crime fiction, and of Sterling Bledsoe, his smart and occasionally combative sleuth. 

World-renowned Dartmouth professor Wilson Bledsoe is returning from a party celebrating his latest honor when he encounters a broken-down pickup on the secluded country road to his home. The next day, the discovery of his body with a vicious racist epithet carved into his chest leads to the quick arrest of two loathsome white supremacists. The local authorities seem ready to accept the case at face value as a racial hate crime. But the murdered professor’s brother, FBI agent Sterling Bledsoe, has inserted himself into the investigation and isn’t ready to buy into this pat solution. A look around his brother’s lab and brief interviews with his students and colleagues pique Sterling’s curiosity about Wilson’s pet project: a nearly completed paper on the mysterious deaths of hundreds of local blackbirds. 

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Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Markw | 1/19/2014

    " what a great book...lot of intrigue around campus and real world "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kate | 12/10/2013

    " I didn't want to put this book down! A well-written story with very believable characters. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Heather | 7/22/2013

    " Great thriller from a new writer "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Daphne | 5/12/2013

    " Come on Dr. Smith! This was a phenomenal read! Where's the next book???? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jay | 3/31/2013

    " Good debut mystery,worth a read. "

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

    " This was a very good book! Before this I only knew of Ian Smith as Dr. Ian Smith on Celebrity Fit Club but he took this book to a new level. I would suggest this book to anyone looking for a good exciting read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 June | 8/14/2012

    " This book was a well written and exciting mystery with lots of twists and turns. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Eddie | 7/24/2012

    " Excellent murder mystery; a page turner. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Eboni | 4/12/2012

    " Excellent murder suspense! Definitely did not expect the ending and hate there has not been a follow up to this book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michelle Patterson | 4/9/2012

    " Loved it; page turner. The characters are so fresh and vivid. I enjoyed this debut novel and hoping Ian Smith writes another follow up one. It was refreshing to see a well written, thought out plot. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ben | 3/5/2012

    " An entertaining "whodunit" with elements of corporate conspiracy. This is author Ian Smith's debut novel and that showed at times in that plot movement and character development was occasionally clunky, but I would definitely be interested in more novels from this author like "The Blackbird Papers." "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Cindy Smith | 3/2/2012

    " this was ok to good. had your murder, rogue fbi agent, chases, etc "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 K | 10/7/2011

    " good 1st. some typos in arc, some dangling scenarios, but overall good popcorn. wonder about some of the factual info re redwing blackbirds, sunflower oil corps, etc. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Melina | 8/17/2011

    " I wish the author would try his hand at another work of fictionl I really enjoyed this story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tom | 3/16/2011

    " Nice read, some unusual, unexpexted turns in a classical "whodunnit". Really nice setting. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Erik | 2/6/2011

    " Read this book in one weekend. Very good book, although the ending kind of sucks. Would recommend to anyone. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Teresa | 1/25/2011

    " Kept my interest to the very end "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sam | 1/8/2011

    " Really good book worth reading. Highly recommend. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Sholeen | 7/7/2010

    " Seems the only draw is the descriptions of the Upper Valley, and those don't really ring true from my experience. I think I made it to page 15 or something. Life is short and there are tons of great books out there.... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tom | 12/16/2009

    " Nice read, some unusual, unexpexted turns in a classical "whodunnit". Really nice setting. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kate | 10/17/2009

    " I didn't want to put this book down! A well-written story with very believable characters. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michelle | 8/26/2009

    " Loved it; page turner. The characters are so fresh and vivid. I enjoyed this debut novel and hoping Ian Smith writes another follow up one. It was refreshing to see a well written, thought out plot. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Melina | 3/16/2009

    " I wish the author would try his hand at another work of fictionl I really enjoyed this story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Teresa | 1/8/2009

    " Kept my interest to the very end "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Cindy | 9/8/2008

    " this was ok to good. had your murder, rogue fbi agent, chases, etc "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Heather | 6/20/2008

    " Great thriller from a new writer "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Daphne | 3/9/2008

    " Come on Dr. Smith! This was a phenomenal read! Where's the next book???? "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Markw | 1/28/2008

    " what a great book...lot of intrigue around campus and real world "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carol | 10/7/2007

    " Ian Smith is a creative writer.
    I read this book in two days.
    This books is full of suspense, detailed plots, and very intense.
    Easy to read!
    A well writing book..... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kanesha | 9/11/2007

    " This was a very good book! Before this I only knew of Ian Smith as Dr. Ian Smith on Celebrity Fit Club but he took this book to a new level. I would suggest this book to anyone looking for a good exciting read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Erik | 6/8/2007

    " Read this book in one weekend. Very good book, although the ending kind of sucks. Would recommend to anyone. "

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About the Author

Ian Smith, MD, has been an award-winning medical correspondent for NBC News and a contributor to the Today show. He is a medical columnist for Men’s Health magazine and a commentator for NPR’s Tavis Smiley show and for the nationally syndicated talk show The View. He lives in New York City.