The Fitzgerald Ruse: A Sam Blackman Mystery

By Mark de Castrique
A Poisoned Pen Press Mystery
Read by William Dufris

The Sam Blackman Mysteries: Book 2

8.40 Hours 08/01/2009 unabridged
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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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Summary

Summary

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.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“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.” AudioFile
“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.” SoundCommentary.com

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Author

Author Bio: 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.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Fiction/Mystery & Detective
Runtime: 8.40
Audience: Adult
Language: English