Blackman’s Coffin

  • Author Mark de Castrique
  • Narrator William Dufris
  • Publisher Blackstone Publishing
  • Run Time 8 hours and 26 minutes
  • Format Audio
  • Genre Crime and mystery fiction.

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What to expect

Sam Blackman is an angry man. A chief warrant officer in the criminal investigation detachment of the US military, he lost a leg in Iraq and has been outspoken in his criticism of his medical treatment. Then, ex-marine and fellow amputee Tikima Robertson walks into his hospital room, hinting that she has an opportunity for Sam to use his investigative skills. But before she can return, Tikima is murdered, her body found floating in the French Broad River.

When a journal dating to 1919 is found in Tikima’s home, detailing a ninety-year-old crime that foreshadows Tikima’s death, Sam must delve into the area’s rich history, the legacy of the Vanderbilts at the Biltmore estate, and author Tom Wolfeto uncover the murderous truth.

Critics Review

  • “Outstanding…A wealth of historical detail, an exciting treasure hunt, and credible characters distinguish this fresh, adventurous read.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)
  • “Known for his effortless storytelling, de Castrique once again delivers a compelling tale blending fact and fiction, this one involving racial tension, the aftermath of war, and the authentication of manuscripts.”

    Library Journal (starred review)
  • “High adventure, including lost treasure, and historical detail about Asheville…combine to keep listeners engaged. ”


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