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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (69 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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Former chief warrant officer and amputee Sam Blackman and his partner, Nakayla Robertson, are opening a detective agency. They have high hopes that the thriving mountain region will provide a steady stream of cases.

Their first client, a quirky elderly woman in a retirement community, makes a strange request. She wants Sam to right a wrong she committed over seventy years ago. Her victim: F. Scott Fitzgerald. Her crime: stealing a manuscript when Fitzgerald resided in the stately Grove Park Inn. Sam’s task seems simple enough: retrieve the woman’s lockbox and deliver the manuscript to Fitzgerald’s heirs.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Winning…Readers will hope to see a lot more of the book’s amiable characters, in particular, Sam and Nakayla, whose comfortable banter lends the story much of its charm.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “If eclectic Asheville had a voice, it would sound like the understated Southern accent chosen by narrator William Dufris…Intrigue surrounding the military contractor Blackwater makes the story especially timely.”


  • “The warmth of Sam and Nakayla’s relationship and Sam’s challenged but determined heart make for a great read.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “Listeners will enjoy William Dufris’ able voice as it crackles and shifts from character to character. He moves effortlessly from male to female, southerners, northerners, old and middle aged. Good listening for the road with plenty of plot to draw listeners.”


Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Douglas Cook | 6/27/2013

    " First sentence - "The night sky around Asheville can play tricks on the eye." "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Sharon | 5/5/2013

    " A little sluggish but enjoyed the Fitzgerald info. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Mary Lou | 4/1/2012

    " Not up to his usual fare. Too many misdirections made for a story that didn't hold together and the villain was no mystery at all from almost the beginning. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by MaryAnn | 7/16/2011

    " Second in this author's Sam Blackman series. Set in Asheville, these books give the reader a sense of Asheville history as well as an exciting story! "

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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.