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The Sandburg Connection
A Sam Blackman Mystery, No 3
Mark deCastrique

Poisoned Pen Press
Oct 2011 / ISBN: 9781590589410

Reviewed by Barbara Buhrer

Private investigator Sam Blackman and his partner, Nakayla Robertson, are tracking Professor Janice Wainwright who is suing a surgeon for malpractice. They are to catch her in activities that will negate her claims. They follow the professor to Connemora, Carl Sandburg's home in Flat Rock, North Carolina, and find her unconscious on the mountain, her dying words:The Sandburg verses. Sam, as the person finding the body, becomes a person of interest. It is now necessary to prove his innocence.

A break-in of the Wainwright home and the theft of some of Sandburg volumes lead Sam in the search and the reason for her murder. Sam and Nakayla search for a missing folk song which is unpublished and invaluable.

The author - - in addition to giving a well-plotted mystery with humor and banter - - has given us a wealth of information about Carl Sandburg's life and the time of his life on the farm. There is a blend of fact and fiction with much historical detail.

Reviews of other titles in this series

The Fitzgerald Ruse, No 2
The Sandburg Connection, No 3

Reviewed 2012