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Blackman's Coffin (Sam Blackman #1)

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Sam Blackman is an angry man. A Chief Warrant Officer in the Criminal Investigation Detachment of the U.S. military, he lost a leg in Iraq. His outspoken criticism of his medical treatment resulted in his transfer to the Veteran's Hospital in Asheville, NC. Disillusioned with the military, grieving over the recent death of his parents, and at odds with his brother, Sam's l ...more
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Published May 27th 2010 by Poisoned Pen Press (first published June 1st 2008)
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LJ
BLACKMAN’S COFFIN (Unl. Inv.-Sam Blackman-North Carolina/Georgia-1907/Cont) – Ex
De Castrique, Mark – 1st Sam Blackman book
Poisoned Pen Press, 2008, US Hardcover – ISBN: 9781590585177

First Sentence: I felt a hand on my shoulder , shaking me awake.

Sam Blackman was a Chief Warrant Officer in the Criminal Investigation Detachment. He is now in a VA Hospital in Ashville, NC after having lost part of his leg in Iraq. Tikima Robertson, an ex-Marine who lost part of her arm in Iraq, visits his room. She
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Elizabeth A.
Blackman's Coffin is the first book in a new series from Mark de Castrique, author of the outstanding 'Buryin' Barry' series. Blackman's Coffin introduces us to Sam Blackman, a former Chief Warrant Officer in the Army's Criminal Investigation Detachment who, having lost part of his left leg in Iraq, is currently rehabbing at a V.A. hospital in Asheville, N.C.

Shortly before he is set to be discharged, both from the hospital and the Army, he meets fellow vet and amputee Tikima Robertson during one
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Kristi
I listened to this as an audiobook on some of my longer runs. It was a good story and the ending wasn't predictable. The narrator drove me crazy doing all the different voices and I feel like he had weird pauses, but the book itself was enjoyable.
Barb
There was a lot to like in this murder mystery. I enjoyed the historical story with the thread that connected to the murder in the contemporary setting. I liked the main character and the supporting characters and the information about the Vanderbilts and the Biltmore Mansion & Estate.

This is another story never would have chosen except for the fact that my library had it available as an electronic audio book but it held my interest and was entertaining. The reading in the voice of the main
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Lisa
Sam Blackman a patient at the Asheville VA hospital is visited by a young woman, Tikima, who like him has lost a limb in the Iraqi war. What begins as a harsh pep talk ends up as an intriguing job offer. Then days later later Tikima y is found dead in the French Broad River. The clues Blackman and Tikima's sister have to go on are scant; an old journal, file cards from Tikima's job as a security specialist. Before long it becomes apparent that Tikima's murder is some how tied to her great- great ...more
Janet
I found this title listed on my "to be read" shelf. I put in there about two years ago though I don't recall it or know where I found it. I was a little bit hesitant about it because the author was unknown to me.

What a surprise! I greatly enjoyed this book. I flew through it in a day. The story was nice, simple, interesting and believable. The only thing I found wanting was that I wish I knew more about Sam Blackman. Since this is the start of a series I'm assuming that the character will devel
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Maddy
PROTAGONIST: Sam Blackman
SETTING: Asheville, North Carolina
SERIES: #1 of 1
RATING: 3.5

Blackman’s Coffin is a departure from Mark de Castrique’s Buryin’ Barry series and introduces a compelling new protagonist, Sam Blackman, a somewhat embittered ex-Army investigator who lost his left leg in Iraq.

While recovering in a VA hospital in Asheville, North Carolina, he is visited by ex-marine Tikima Robertson, who is also an amputee, having lost her hand in battle. She’s a feisty woman who cuts to the c
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Miss Starling
This book has an easy going writing style that you can follow without having to pause and re-read paragraphs. That is a fun, lovely fact about this book. Blackman's Coffin is primarily about an army vet, Sam Blackman, who is recently made an amputee. He is visited by an arm amputee who gives him a seemingly uninteresting book, then is found floating in the river the next day. The plot unfolds as he digs up the past to find that she is connected to an earliar sequence of events. That was a little ...more
Sue
This is a new character and series. Blackman is an veteran of the Iraq war who is struggling to cope with the fact he now has a prothestic leg. While still in the hospital, he meets a young black woman, a former Marine who lost an arm & hand - replaced by a hook, at her choice. She's very strong and essentially tells him to "get a grip"; she tells him she'll be back to see him, but does not return. He finds out she was murdered; decides to attend her funeral to pay his respects as a veteran ...more
Bjorn Midtlyng
I liked the historical aspect of this book and the insight into the Vanderbilt family. However, the mystery part was a bit drawn out for me.
Jack
A recommendation from my friend Denise Wetstiene, this is a new series (2008) based in Ashville, NC. The settings in the surrounding area of Ashville were all familiar to me, having just gone this past fall. The Biltmore Estate and winery, Blue Ridge Parkway, the Woolworth Walk and Pisgah Forest all figure prominently in the story. The main character is an Iraqi war vet and he is tangled up in a 80 year old murder and related current day deaths. A well told tale. One area that was also included ...more
Dpic
at Biltmore. enjoyable
Seestars
This mystery was OK. The who-done-it was not as perdictable as some I've read. And the overall polt and real history facts were fun. But the overall tone of the characters was too by-the-book for my taste. Every little interaction was explained out as to why people felt what they felt and how/why characters interacted based on those feelings. It got old quick and came of as too office work place interactions educatoinal video.

I listened to this on audiobook format.
Kathy Stilwell
Aug 07, 2013 Kathy Stilwell rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who enjoys detective stories
Recommended to Kathy by: Morgan James
A friend of mine led me to Mark de Castrique's detective series involving Sam Blackman and what a pleasure it has been! I look forward to the end of the day when I can return to the story--I'm now on the fourth in the series--and immerse myself in the intrigues of Sam and his partner, Nakayla's detective agency in nearby Asheville. I especially enjoy the author's way of weaving local history and lore, especially concerning literary characters, into the story.
Ryan Mishap
A decent foray into the "Past Events Influence Modern Murder" genre, that also employs the "Hero With a Quirk"--a veteran with an investigative background and half a leg. Also contains the following mystery staples: down-home locale, possible romance with family member of murder victim, suspicious small-town cops, and a literary figure as part of the mystery (Thomas Wolfe).

Competently assembled from the mystery story component bins he had in the garage.
Jennifer
Sam Blackman is an Iraqi veteran who lost a leg while working as an MP in Iraq. He exposed some of the failings of Walter Reed Medical Center and was transfered to the VA in Asheville. He is visited by another vet and amputee who is later murdered. Blackman is asked to investigate the case by the woman's sister. The case takes them into the history of her African-American family and the Biltmore Estate.

A mediocre read but interesting history.
Valerie
Loved it!!! A walk through history of western North Carolina while solving mysteries and murders of 90 years ago and today. I didn't want it to end, but was still anxious to get on to B
The second in the Sam Blackman series about an investigating Iraq war amputee veteran that delves into the many facets of relationships and healing.
Merelyn
This is a brand new author for me to read. The book is fairly well written, in that it keeps you interested in the story. It is simple, but not overly simple. The story is in the present, with a journal from the 1800's as a back story. It is also a story about the black/white issues today and inthe past. Fairly good mystery.
Marty Elrod
I liked this book. Love reading about the south and places i have visited. Great use of historical characters and fictional. I listened to the audio book and felt some of it was drawn out. The only thing i really hated was the person reading the audiobook did not pronounce the name of Lake Lanier correctly as we do here.
Randal Martin
Very well written. I love that he includes much detail of the local area he is describing. You can truly get an accurate image of the countryside. This is my first book of his I have read. His story line is well thought out and fairly easy to follow. It's not too over simplistic though.
Susan
Not usually my cup o' tea, but this mystery series features a likable hero and heroine and an interesting premise. In this book, an unpublished work by Thomas Wolfe helps the good guys solve both a recent murder and one that occurred in the early 1900s.
Lisa
Quick donwload on the iPod. The main character is an Iraqi vet who has just come home from being wounded (lost his leg), so it was interesting how the author "maneuvered" him around in the story as he becomes a detective by default.
Lise
I hesitate when giving this four stars because it is no Jane Austin or Tom Wolfe. However, for an easy read and interesting history surrounding a place I love visiting, (the Vanderbilt Mansion), it was enjoyable.
Robbie
I had high hopes that this would be another enjoyable series by de Castrique. He did not disappoint - this book was excellent! I'm eager to read the next in the series. My rating for this one is 4.8 stars.
Ellen
I really enjoyed reading the excellent story of the Iraq vet, amputee, intertwined with the history of Ashville North Carolina. Ashville is one of my favorite places, and I learned a lot I didn't know.
Jackie
This book passed the 3 chapter test with flying colors - but then it took a nose dive and I never completed it. Wasn't worth continuing when there are so many good books out there.
Julieb
Enjoyed the local history about Asheville NC, Vanderbilts' Biltmore House and the gemstone/gold mining history of Western North Carolina. De Castrique is a good storyteller
Viccy
Sam Blackman is back from Iraq minus a leg. He is languishing in a VA hospital in Asheville NC because of his outspoken criticism of medical practices at Walter Reed Hospital.
Linda
This is the first in a new mystery series starring Sam Blackman, an injured Iraq war veteran who lost his leg while serving. It looks like a promising start.
Rlcohen
Good mystery with a historical background set in Asheville NC. Chief character is an Iraq war vet whose lost a leg. Some good Thomas Wolfe trivia.
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Mark de Castrique is an author, playwright, public speaker, and television producer living in Charlotte.

Through his company MARK et al., he writes, shoots, and edits projects for a variety of clients.

His work has earned CLIO, TELLY, and EMMY awards.

Mark has scripted stories aired on PBS and commercial network affiliates, as well as created video presentations for major corporations.
More about Mark de Castrique...
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