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The Black Song Inside

3.43  ·  Rating Details ·  76 Ratings  ·  25 Reviews

In this mystery thriller Shortlisted for the 2012 Faulkner-Wisdom Award for Novel-in-Progress, award-winning authors Carlyle Clark and Suki Michelle deliver a fast-paced tale of murder, madness, and mayhem that captures the brutality of San Diego's criminal underworld.

Newly engaged private investigators, Atticus Wynn and Rosemary Sanchez
Kindle Edition, 1, 398 pages
Published November 14th 2012 by Make Luck Press
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Sep 10, 2013 Evgeny rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
First things first: I need to mention I received this book from Goodreads giveaways.

Atticus Wynn, a PI in San Diego agreed to take a case for his former girlfriend - it was an offer he could not refuse; he was basically blackmailed into this as she had some very damaging knowledge about his partner and current girlfriend Rosemary Sanchez. It took less than a day after this for the events to spin out of control: he was framed by the police - and Tijuana drug cartel is on his trail, Rosemary's br
Jonel Boyko
Clark’s vivid yet fluid descriptions bring this world to life in a rather dark manner. Through this the author shrouds the entire tale in darkness, drawing his audience in alongside his characters. The interconnectedness throughout really makes the story itself chilling. Clark’s storytelling is mildly reminiscent of James Patterson& gets quite intense and fast paced the further you get into it.

Clark brings together a multicultural meltingpot of characters to round out his story. I appreciat
My Book Addiction and More MBA
THE BLACK SONG INSIDE by Carlyle Clark is an interesting Mystery/Thriller. A crime thriller that is fast paced and filled with murder, human trafficking, drug smuggling, manipulation, redemption, forgiveness and heroism. Oh and a psycho called "Priest"!

Two flawed people, Atticus Wynn and Rosemary Sanchez, private investigators find themselves in deep trouble with the Tijuana Cartel and others. A fast paced, action packed story from beginning to end. Be warned, has vivid descriptions,rough langua
Audra Middleton
Jan 11, 2013 Audra Middleton rated it it was amazing
This book is worth reading, just for the writing alone. But on top of that, the storyline and characters are so compelling, it's hard to put down. If you like vivid description, well-crafted characters, and a dark & intriguing story, you'll love this book.
Dec 10, 2012 Georgia rated it really liked it
The Black Song Inside by Carlyle Clark and Suki Michelle focuses on two recently engaged private investigators (Atticus and Rosemary) who find themselves "up to their necks in it" involved with the Tijuana drug cartel.

Set in San Diego, their story begins with Atticus' old flame asking for his help solving the execution style murder of her boyfriend. Unfortunately for our protagonists, this puts them in direct sight of some very dangerous people, all of whom will stop at nothing to get what they
Diana (Offbeat Vagabond)
Original review here:

The Black Song Inside is a crime thriller that really grabbed my attention from the get-go. I don't normally read books like this, but I am glad at jumped at the chance. We follow a couple named Atticus and Rosemary. They are both private investigators, so they have seen their fair share or chaos. But chaos has a whole new meaning when Atticus' ex-girlfriend, Claire causes a stir. Claire co
Dec 15, 2013 Ashley rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
About The Book:

Atticus Wynn and Rosemary Sanchez, newly engaged private investigators, have seen the dark and violent side of life. Nothing, though, has prepared them for an explosive murder investigation that threatens to tear their relationship apart as they struggle to solve a case that could leave them in prison or dead.

Atticus’s manipulative ex-girlfriend bursts back into their lives wielding a secret about Rosemary’s family that she exploits to force the couple into investigating the execu
Oct 07, 2013 Noelle rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Anyone who knows me, knows also how much I love reading. If I find a book to be truly special, it will be finished within a matter of hours or two days the latest. Unfortunately, I did struggle to stay focused on reading this book as initially I was not gripped. The characters of Atticus and Rosemary - a couple who also worked together as Private Investigators - had some good features and character developments, it just took too long for them to come out. I would also have liked to have seen mor ...more
Gayle Pace
Dec 11, 2013 Gayle Pace rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Warning: If "street lingo" bothers you then I would advise you not to read this book. It gets kind of rough in places. Street gangs, Drug trafficking, child abductions and a PI firm run by a Latina woman and an American Black, who are engaged.. Another thing that may keep you from wanting to read the book is there are racial slurs. We all know this still takes place although sometimes we close our eyes to it.
"The Priest" of which he is far from has started his own religion. Murder and may
Jan 18, 2014 Mareena rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who likes contemporary mystery
Recommended to Mareena by: Dorothy at Pump up Your Book
Recently engaged private investigators, Atticus Wynn and Rosemary Sanchez, have both seen and experienced the dark and violent side of life. Nothing, though, has prepared them for the explosive murder case that they are currently working on. This is an investigation that threatens to tear their relationship apart as they struggle to solve a case that could either send them to prison or to the morgue.

Atticus' manipulative ex-girlfriend Claire bursts back into their lives harboring a secret about
Dec 05, 2013 Michele rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
First off I think I'd better warn you that this book uses "street language" and some of it is kind of rough. So, if you prefer not to read these kinds of words-this is not the book for you. The story revolves around gangs, Mexican drug trafficking, drugs, some child abductions and how a PI firm which consists of a Latina woman and an American Black who also happen to be engaged to be married. There are also racial slurs in this book-unfortunately this still does go on. Much of this can still be ...more
E.M. Powell
Oct 31, 2013 E.M. Powell rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller
I really enjoyed this action-filled, atmospheric thriller. The hero, Atticus Wynn, and his fiancée, heroine, Rosemary Sanchez, are PIs caught up in the violent border drug war in San Diego. Atticus’s ex-lover is also blackmailing him with a secret about Rosemary’s past that she is unaware of. I loved both main characters. Atticus’s self-deprecating dry humour was very engaging and a refreshing change. Rosemary is a heroine in every sense of the word. She has lost her right leg serving in Iraq an ...more
Feb 06, 2017 Gloriamcgriff rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I opened this book several months ago and never started to read it. I finally got back to it and I must say I'm sorry I didn't read it the first time I opened it. It was well written with well developed characters. It was a roller coaster ride. Atticus Wynn along with his girlfriend,Rosemary Sanchez, is out to prove his innocence of a murder charge. They come into contact with some truly violent and dangerous people including gang bangers,members of a Mexican drug cartel and a psychopathic mania ...more
Harry Allagree
Mar 14, 2015 Harry Allagree rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Carlyle Clark's novel is a gritty work! In some places it's dark, in many places it's violent. It's also a love story, with people believable because of their glory, their challenges & their shortcomings. It gives the reader a peek into the seamy side of life on the streets, particularly in ethnic ghettos of Southern California. It's refreshing to note that Clark's primary characters are black & Latino. The women characters are pretty much as strong as the male characters. The other thin ...more
Terri Sullivan
Dec 16, 2013 Terri Sullivan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
*I received an ARC for my honest review*

This story is a dark look into the Tijuana drug cartel. A newly engaged couple, Atticus Wynn and Rosemary Sanchez, private investigators, are out to solve this mystery. This is a fast paced thrill ride, something new after each turn.

The characters are described so clearly, as if you know them in real life, seeing it all unfold in front of you. Between all of the issues that they face, the author seems to still find spaces to put humor into their adventure
Jan 25, 2013 Oma rated it really liked it
I do not usually read this type of book, but found the story was well constructed and interesting. I enjoyed the interaction between the characters and appreciated the use of atypical heroes, who were flawed due to past experiences. The language was a bit strong in places but not gratuitous. I also appreciated that there was no graphic sex descriptions in the book (Thank you!) Atticus and Rosemary are forced to investigate murders by gang leaders who are also involved in human trafficking. There ...more
I read this book in the dark, at night, by myself… DON’T do that unless you like nightmares. I say that not because this is a horror story, but rather because it is snatched from the headlines of what is and what could be. PI Atticus Wynn and his partner and fiancé, former war hero, Rosemary Sanchez find themselves in an all out war with the drug cartel. That in and off itself is a bad thing, but add her gang-banger brother, a black-mailing ex-girlfriend, and possible corruption and anything can ...more
Dec 25, 2012 Fred rated it really liked it
This author mesmerized me with this story. Once I started, I couldn't put it down. The relationship between Atticus and Rosemary was very well described throughout. The only reason I didn't give it a 5 star was the numerous errors. E.g., the word is instead of in, forgetting the 'ed' at the end of a word. He delight in shooting instead of he delighted in shooting. I believe this to be an ebook phenomenon and have seen these errors over and over. Hopefully, they'll be fewer and fewer over time. H ...more
J. Ewbank
Apr 15, 2013 J. Ewbank rated it really liked it
This book by Clark is one that you will want to read. The characters seem real and if you are in that neighorhood you would recognize them. The plot is one that twists and turns and keeps you occupied trying to keep it all together and keep up with the events. It is well written and mystery and suspense fans will enjoy it.

J. Robert Ewbank author "John Wesley, Natural Man, and the Isms" and "Wesley's Wars"
Kristina Harper
Feb 13, 2014 Kristina Harper rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-fiction
Best crime thriller/mystery I've read while on the treadmill -- full of action and fleshed out by interesting characters. Of course there are the requisite number of close calls and improbable escapes, but they seemed less improbable than most of what I've read in this genre. I enjoyed this thoroughly and hope Clark has more stories in him --
Vanda Bromwich
Apr 18, 2013 Vanda Bromwich rated it really liked it
Atticus is a black private investigator with a sense of humour. I enjoyed the story but I think there were too many descriptive passages for a detective novel - I just wanted to get on with the story.
Pam Butterfield
Sep 07, 2013 Pam Butterfield rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
took a long time to read this book as could not get into it at first but when i did i would reccomend it to my friends

won this book from goodreads
angie beth
Not my usual read still good

Good story. Good characters. First time I got the audible version. It was good. Like reading a movie!! Guns and a good story
Maya Morikawa
Sep 28, 2015 Maya Morikawa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Exciting and funny

Started a little slow but as momentum picked up and the characters fell into place so the story picked up the pace and raced to the end.
I was sorry it finished.
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Carlyle Clark was raised in Poway, a city just north of San Diego, but is now a proud Chicagolander working in the field of Corporate Security and writing crime and fantasy fiction. He has flailed ineffectually at performing the writer's requisite myriad of random jobs: pizza deliverer, curb address painter, sweatshop laborer, day laborer, night laborer, security guard, campus police, Gallup polls ...more
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