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Author: Mark de Castrique Narrator: William Dufris Publisher: Blackstone Publishing Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Series: The Sam Blackman Mysteries Release Date: October 2011 ISBN: 9781481589109
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It was only a simple, routine assignment for private investigator Sam Blackman and his partner, Nakayla Robertson: follow a history professor, who is suing a spinal surgeon for malpractice, and catch her in physical activities that undercut her claim.

When the professor, Janice Wainwright, visits Connemara, the home of the poet Carl Sandburg, in Flat Rock, North Carolina, and climbs the arduous trail to the top of Glassy Mountain, Sam believes he has the evidence he needs to wrap up the case—until he finds the woman semiconscious and bleeding on the mountain’s granite outcrop. Her final words were “It’s the Sandburg verses. The Sandburg verses.”

As the first person to discover the dying woman, Sam becomes the prime suspect. Now the case is personal. An autopsy reveals painkillers in her blood and solid proof of the surgeon’s errors, and Sam is left with haunting questions: Why did this suffering woman endure the climb to the mountaintop? Did she stumble and fall or did someone cause her death?

Then a break-in at the Wainwright farmhouse and the theft of Sandburg volumes convince Sam that someone is seeking information worth killing for. But what did Pulitzer Prize winner Sandburg have in his literary collection that could lead to multiple murders? And who will be targeted next?

Sam and Nakayla must navigate a convoluted trail of historical facts and mountain legends to arrive at the truth—a truth that Carl Sandburg never knew he possessed—and a treasure to be had for a song.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “De Castrique’s stellar third mystery...[is a] marvelous blend of history and mystery seasoned with information about Carl Sandburg’s life and times...[A] strong regional mystery.” 

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “Folk songs, Sandburg, and Civil War history—what a winning combination! Easy banter and humor with a free-spirited ensemble cast make this mystery a pleasant escape.”

    Library Journal

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Karen | 11/29/2013

    " This is another great story from Mark de Castrique. I am more determined than ever to visit Asheville. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bethel | 11/25/2013

    " I really liked this book. It was a great mix of Carl Sandburg history along with a good story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Janet | 11/13/2013

    " I like this series well enough. They are easy reads and quite enjoyable. Since I like stories that are loosely based on history, this series fits the bill. I've been wanting to visit Asheville since I read the first book of this series (Blackman's Coffin). "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Pammie | 1/11/2013

    " Kind of an interesting premise, but it took too long to get to why the murder was committed, too many other possibilities, WAY too many characters thrown in. Just seemed kind of sloppy. This author will not be on my personal 'go to' list. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 MaryAnn | 11/11/2012

    " I enjoyed this book particularly for the setting. I've visiting the Sandburg house and always like learning more about it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mary | 9/26/2012

    " Interesting present day murder mystery at Carl Sandburg's home in South Carolina "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 John | 1/26/2012

    " An old-fashioned mystery. Not a very exciting plot. Some witty dialog but pretty slow-paced. "

About the Author

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.

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.