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A rainy night...A stranded motorist...A Good Samaritan passerby in the form of 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 an astonishing new talent — charismatic television correspondent Ian Smith — and Sterling Bledsoe, his sexy, smart, and occasionally combative sleuth.

Professor Wilson Bledsoe is returning from a party celebrating his latest honor when he encounters a broken-down pickup on the secluded country road leading to his home. He instinctively stops to help, calling his wife, Kay, to let her know he'll be late. When the delay stretches to hours, Kay frantically contacts the local police and Wilson's younger brother, Sterling, an FBI agent in New York. The next day, the discovery of the professor's body with a vicious racist epithet carved into his chest leads to the quick arrest of two loathsome white supremacists. Sterling, however, is not quite ready to buy into this pat solution. A look around his brother's lab and brief interviews with his students, colleagues, and the college's distinguished president pique his curiosity about Wilson's current project, a nearly completed paper on the mysterious deaths of hundreds of local blackbirds. But Sterling's search for answers takes a dangerous turn when a security tape sent to Quantico for enhancement incriminates the agent himself.

Determined to clear his name and bring his brother's killer to justice, Sterling eludes the local police and makes his way back to New York City, where he pulls out every trick he knows to stay one step ahead of the FBI and the NYPD. As he calls in favors from longtime friends at the Bureau and checks out leads from scientists familiar with his brother's work, Sterling realizes that Wilson's murder is part of a sinister scheme that reaches from the Dartmouth campus to big-money interests in the Midwest, to the offices of some very influential people in Washington.

Fast-paced and cleverly constructed, The Blackbird Papers introduces a major new talent and is the perfect summer read for fans of mystery-thrillers by Michael Connelly, James Patterson, and Jeffrey Deaver.

Synopsis:

Marking the debut of Ian Smith as well as that of sexy, smart sleuth Sterling Bledsoe, "The Blackbird Papers" tells a sizzling story of an elusive scheme that reaches from the Dartmouth campus to big-money interests in the Midwest to the corridors of power in Washington, D.C.

Synopsis:

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.

Fast-paced and cleverly constructed, The Blackbird Papers introduces a major new talent in mystery and crime fiction.

About the Author

Ian Smith, M.D., has been an award-winning medical correspondent for NBC News and a contributor to the Today show. He is a columnist for the New York Daily News and Men's Health and the author of two previous nonfiction books. He currently lives in New York City.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780385511360
Author:
Smith, Ian
Publisher:
Random House
Location:
New York
Subject:
Thrillers
Subject:
Mystery & Detective - Police Procedural
Subject:
Mystery fiction
Subject:
Brothers
Subject:
Government investigators
Subject:
Nobel prizes
Subject:
Hanover
Subject:
African American men
Subject:
African American college teachers
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1st ed.
Series Volume:
89
Publication Date:
June 22, 2004
Binding:
Hardcover
Language:
English
Pages:
336
Dimensions:
9.36x6.42x1.04 in. 1.33 lbs.

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Product details 336 pages Doubleday Books - English 9780385511360 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , Marking the debut of Ian Smith as well as that of sexy, smart sleuth Sterling Bledsoe, "The Blackbird Papers" tells a sizzling story of an elusive scheme that reaches from the Dartmouth campus to big-money interests in the Midwest to the corridors of power in Washington, D.C.
"Synopsis" by , 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.

Fast-paced and cleverly constructed, The Blackbird Papers introduces a major new talent in mystery and crime fiction.

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