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The Blackbird Papers: A Novel
by Ian Smith

Publication Date: Jun 15, 2004
List Price: $24.95
Format: Hardcover, 336 pages
Classification: Fiction
ISBN13: 9780385511360
Imprint: Doubleday
Publisher: Penguin Random House
Parent Company: Bertelsmann

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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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