The Sandburg Connection

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The Sandburg Connection

The Sandburg Connection By Mark de Castrique The Sandburg Connection A simple assignment for private investigator Sam Blackman and his partner Nakayla Robertson follow Professor Janice Wainwright who s suing a surgeon for malpractice and catch her in activities that

  • Title: The Sandburg Connection
  • Author: Mark de Castrique
  • ISBN: 9781590589427
  • Page: 347
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Sandburg Connection By Mark de Castrique A simple assignment for private investigator Sam Blackman and his partner Nakayla Robertson follow Professor Janice Wainwright, who s suing a surgeon for malpractice, and catch her in activities that undercut her claim When Wainwright visits Connemara, Carl Sandburg s home in Flat Rock, N.C and climbs the arduous trail to the top of Glassy Mountain, Sam believes he hasA simple assignment for private investigator Sam Blackman and his partner Nakayla Robertson follow Professor Janice Wainwright, who s suing a surgeon for malpractice, and catch her in activities that undercut her claim When Wainwright visits Connemara, Carl Sandburg s home in Flat Rock, N.C and climbs the arduous trail to the top of Glassy Mountain, Sam believes he has the evidence needed to expose her until he finds the woman semi conscious and bleeding Her final words It s the Sandburg verses The Sandburg verses As the first person to discover the dying woman, Sam becomes the prime suspect When an autopsy reveals painkillers in her blood and solid proof of the surgeon s errors, Sam is left with the haunting questions why did this suffering woman attempt to climb the mountain Did someone cause her death A break in at the Wainwright farmhouse and the theft of Sandburg volumes convince Sam someone is seeking information worth killing for But what did Pulitzer Prize winner Sandburg have in his literary collection that has inspired multiple murders And who will be targeted next This is the third installment in the Sam Blackman series.
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    1. Chuck McGrady on said:

      While I always enjoy novels set in familiar places, some number of those novels set in western North Carolina aren t particularly that well written The Sandburg Connnection was a fun book a good mystery set in several places quite familiar to me Found it particularly interesting how Louise Bailey ended up in the book Having now read one book in the Sam Blackburn mystery series, I m guessing I ll read .

    2. LJ on said:

      First Sentence The beep caught me in mid bite.Investigators Sam Blackman and Nakayla Robertson are following a history professor She is suing a spinal surgeon for malpractice, yet what is she doing on the climbing trail up to the top of Glassy Mountain in Flat Rock, N.C Trying to stay out of sight, Sam hears her cry out and the situation changes He finds the woman at the bottom of an outcropping, severely injured and muttering about The Sandburg versus When the autopsy shows massive painkillers [...]

    3. Eric_W on said:

      Sam Blackman, of the Cadillac versus Land Rover prosthesis fame, and his partner, Nakayla Robertson, have taken on a case involving a university professor who may be trying to scam their employer, an insurance company, for millions by faking the severity of her injuries Janice Wainwright, the woman they were following, for some reason, had changed clothes and headed off to climb a very steep hill,where, out of sight of the detectives, they heard a scream, the word no , and discovered her body on [...]

    4. Chad on said:

      I wanted to give this 4 stars It was a fun mystery up until the final 30 minutes when they did the scooby do unmasking then I thought it was too cheesy

    5. Will White on said:

      3 stars but 4 stars for anyone living in North Carolina Asheville area The Carl Sandburg history is reason enough to read the book The local details added to the reading pleasure.

    6. Cathy Cole on said:

      First Line The beep caught me in mid bite.Sam Blackman and his partner, Nakayla Robertson, have been hired by an insurance company to follow Professor Janice Wainwright, who s suing a surgeon for malpractice The insurance company wants to catch Wainwright doing things she s not supposed to be able to do so her case can be thrown out of court So far, the things that Sam has learned about Wainwright aren t very complimentary, and he believes that this case will be pretty open and shut, especially [...]

    7. Jane on said:

      It s the verses Sandburg s verses The Sandburg Connection is the third book in Mark de Castrique s mystery series featuring Private Investigator Sam Blackman and his partner Nakayla Robertson Every mystery series needs a gimmick these days, it seems, and de Castrique s is literary The first book in the series, Blackman s Coffin, involves Tom Wolfe The second, The Fitzgerald Ruse, is about a theft from F Scott Fitzgerald seventy years ago The Sandburg Connection is set in and near Connemara, Carl [...]

    8. Julie on said:

      Janice Wainwright is suing her doctor for messing up her back during surgery, and private detectives Sam Blackman and Nakayla Robertson have been hired to follow her to see if she does anything that indicates she s not really hurt They follow her to the top of Glassy Mountain where she falls down, hits her head and dies just around the corner, out of their sight What really happened to Janice Did she just trip or did someone hiding in the trees push her And what do her dying words, referring to [...]

    9. Sandie on said:

      Sam Blackman and his partner, Nakayla Robertson, have a new case Having opened a detective agency and riding high on solving several cases in Asheville, NC, they are than willing to serve as contractors in a medical damages case A professor at UNC Asheville, Janice Wainwright, is sueing the surgeon who performed her back surgery She claims that the operation left her in such pain that working is almost impossible.Sam and Nakayla agree to do surveillance on Janice to see if she is truly disabled [...]

    10. Alison on said:

      A light murder mystery with excellent characters and a nice steady plot that drags the interest along until the grand finale Interesting use of American history and a great blend of fact , fiction and artistic license The Sandburg Connection is a light murder mystery with excellent characters and a nice steady plot that drags the interest along until the grand finale Although this appears to be the second book in a series featuring Sam Blackman and Nakayla Robertson, I had no problems in enjoyin [...]

    11. Tiffiane on said:

      I wasn t sure what to expect when going into this book I had no idea this was book 3 in a series when I requested it from netGalley, but I wanted to read it anyway It quickly sucked me in, I really enjoyed the mystery and unknown of the case the PI s Sam and Nakayla were working on I will give the author props because this book did not read like a series book at all Even though it was book 3, it felt like a standalone I didn t have any unknowns wondering what I missed in the first 2 books I foun [...]

    12. Melissa on said:

      Another great mystery involving Sam Blackman and his partner Nakayla Robertson.It was only routine A simple assignment for private investigator Sam Blackman and his partner Nakayla Robertson Follow a history professor who s suing a spinal surgeon for malpractice and catch her in physical activities that undercut her claim When the professor, Janice Wainwright, visits Connemara, Carl Sandburg s home in Flat Rock, N.C and climbs the arduous trail to the top of Glassy Mountain, Sam believes he has [...]

    13. Lisa on said:

      I didn t think I was going to like this at the beginning, but it improved remarkably as the story progressed The setting, the Asheville and Flat Rock area were well depicted, and considering I have homes in both, I suppose I can judge thay pretty well de Castrique tells me that he had one bad review, Booklist, in which the reviewer said that there was nothing to let the reader know this the setting is a southern mountain town All I can say to that is that the reviewer knows nothing of the area F [...]

    14. Nancy on said:

      The third installment of the Sam Blackman series does not disappoint Sam and Nakayla his partner and other things are up to their necks in a murder accident lawsuit goats having kids story and we are happily swept away with them.Janice Wainwright died in a fall from Glassy Mountain The fall part is the problem She was heard by Sam who was tailing her at the time to yell NO as she fell Her backpack which Sam knew she had during her hike was missing Next day, a 17 yr old with murder in her eyes bu [...]

    15. Ed on said:

      3 in the Sam Blackman series Sam Blackman, ex Army CID, invalided out after losing a foot in Iraq, has formed a private investigation firm with partner lover, Nakayla Robertson, the sister of Sam s murdered Marine amputee morale booster 1 Blackman s Coffin This series is based in Asheville, NC and this entry has quite a bit of lore about Carl Sandburg and the goat herd he kept at his Connemara, NC home.Sam Blackman and Nakayla Robertson have been hired to follow professor Janice Wainwright becau [...]

    16. Deb on said:

      sam and Nakayla get hired by an insurance company to investigate a malpractice claim against a doctor that performed back surgery on a local history professor Sam is following the professor as she climbs a mountain w a backpack on when she claims she is in excruciating pain Of course, she falls off the mountain and dies Now Sam and Nakayla have to investigate did she get pushed by an unknown person or did she fall on her own Sam gets to her and w her dying breath she says her daughters name Wend [...]

    17. Debbie Maskus on said:

      Castrique thoroughly researches his subject matter In this story an escapade involves the Flat Rock home of Carl Sandburg and mountain music The characters in this novel lack depth I enjoy the journey into the Flat Rock area, the mountain songs, and the tales of Carl Sandburg, but the death and resulting mystery do not create anticipation The story is a quick read and not a novel that will cause further investigation.

    18. Deb on said:

      Due to a family emergency, I never finished this book I was about three fourths through, reading it for a bookclub My bookclub met before I was able to finish it I did not go back to this book, because after getting into it my only motivation to finish it was to support the bookclub Once that motivation was gone, I felt relieved that I didn t have to continue it The book was not bad But when there are so many books out there that I want to read, I was glad to put this book down.

    19. Lynn Lerch on said:

      Sam Blackman and his partner girlfriend Nakayla Robertson take on a malpractice case The professor accuses a medical company doctor of botching her back surgery Sam is to find out if she is really still hurt Sam follows his subject to Flat Rock NC and follows her up a path to Glassy Mountain At the top she falls over the edge Is it suicide or murder Sam wants the answer This mystery involves the Civil War, Sandburg s home and Very exciting as are all of Mark de Castique s books.

    20. Randal Martin on said:

      I have just really come to love this author and this series in particular Once again the story revolves around a literary figure in the Asheville, NC area Very interesting easy read Highly recommend this author and this series.

    21. Mary on said:

      I m not a big fan of murder mysteries but this takes place in western North Carolina where I live so it held my interest While reading the book I met the author and had a chat about how he writes That made it special.

    22. Janet on said:

      I like this series well enough They are easy reads and quite enjoyable Since I like stories that are loosely based on history, this series fits the bill I ve been wanting to visit Asheville since I read the first book of this series Blackman s Coffin.

    23. Loy on said:

      enjoyed this story this is the third book in the Sam Blackman series just a good read good history thrown in I have read the other two and looking forward to the new one out this summer.I did miss the Captain in this story

    24. Ollie on said:

      I am enjoying the Sam Blackman mystery series that I have read I am planning to read the rest of this series It is another great read set in Asheville, NC and based on Carl Sandburg s home Connemara home farm I loved the inclusion of the goat, Ida Mae Great historical mystery.

    25. Pammie on said:

      Kind of an interesting premise, but it took too long to get to why the murder was committed, too many other possibilities, WAY too many characters thrown in Just seemed kind of sloppy This author will not be on my personal go to list.

    26. Sally on said:

      Nice mystery with a connection to Carl Sandburg s home in North Carolina The detectives are intriguing and I ll take a look at the two earlier titles in the series.

    27. Mary Kay on said:

      Interesting present day murder mystery at Carl Sandburg s home in South Carolina

    28. John Kilpatrick on said:

      Another fun Asheville based story If you know or love western North Carolina, de Castrique provides fun stories sprinkled with a bit of local lore.

    29. Charlene on said:

      a blend of detective story with some interesting reminders of Sandburg s life Definitely a series to keep an eye on

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