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The Blackbird Papers - Abridged

A Novel

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Narrator Ian Smith
Length 5 hours 44 minutes
Language English
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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.

Ian Smith, M.D., has been an award-winning medical correspondent for NBC News and a contributor to the Today show.  He is a medical columnist for Men's Health magazine and a commentator for NPR’s Tavis Smiley show and for the nationally syndicated TV talk show The View.  He lives in New York City.

Ian Smith, M.D., has been an award-winning medical correspondent for NBC News and a contributor to the Today show.  He is a medical columnist for Men's Health magazine and a commentator for NPR’s Tavis Smiley show and for the nationally syndicated TV talk show The View.  He lives in New York City.

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“Ian Smith’s debut novel, The Blackbird Papers, is exceptional on all levels: the characters and setting are fresh, the plot is riveting, and you feel like you are in totally new territory. Take note of a career about to soar.”—Harlan Coben, author of No Second Chance Expand reviews
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