When the Dead Speak

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The body of a U.S. soldier reported AWOL during the Korean War is found encased in a concrete pillar. Clasped in his hand is a gold pin shaped like a lightning bolt. What secret did he carry to his grave and why is someone hell-bent on keeping that secret buried? The puzzle pieces pile up. A state representative owns a pin identical to the dead man's. And Sam discovers another pin in her father's jewelry box. What story had her father, an investigative reporter, been working on ...
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Overview

The body of a U.S. soldier reported AWOL during the Korean War is found encased in a concrete pillar. Clasped in his hand is a gold pin shaped like a lightning bolt. What secret did he carry to his grave and why is someone hell-bent on keeping that secret buried? The puzzle pieces pile up. A state representative owns a pin identical to the dead man's. And Sam discovers another pin in her father's jewelry box. What story had her father, an investigative reporter, been working on at the time of his own death years ago?

Detective Sergeant Samantha Casey has an advantage over other cops. The dead speak to her, tell her secrets about their life and death. But sometimes what she learns can get her killed.

When the Dead Speak is a fast-paced, tension-filled joy ride sprinkled with humor, plot twists, romance, and a touch of Native American culture.

This is Book 1 in the Sam Casey series. Previously released in hardcover and mass market paperback (1999/2000), currently out of print, it is now being re-released in trade paperback.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780988868328
  • Publisher: Full Moon Publishing
  • Publication date: 2/28/2013
  • Pages: 258
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.58 (d)

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Prologue

Legend says that overcast skies are nature's way of hiding evil, protecting the gods from seeing sinister deeds. So the clouds hovered, suspended by some unseen cosmic force. Even the Chicago winds weren't able to blow the thick clouds away. The sun had tried to make a showing, desperately seeking a flaw in the haze. But it finally gave up as dusk bullied its way in, permitting the sun one brief shining moment before sinking below the horizon.

Like a string of dominos, expressway lights clicked on in succession along the Bishop Ford Freeway. A thunderous crash filled the air. Billows of smoke drifted up, spewing grainy dust in front of headlights, pitting windshields.

In an attempt to avoid another vehicle, a semi had swerved onto the median plowing headlong into the center support pillar of the overpass. The collision had sent the back of the semi fish-tailing into a jackknife. Tires screeched and rubber burned as cars and trucks slammed on their brakes. Loud, shrill horns replaced the sound of the disintegrating column. Chunks of concrete pelted the cab of the semi sending the driver running for cover.

Above the cab wedged under the overpass, the concrete pillar began to change. As if flicking a pesky insect, another piece of concrete dropped away followed by others, pounding out a musical tune on the cab.

A portion of the pillar was taking form, a recognizable shape as it seemed to shrug out of its concrete tomb. Little by little, more of its tomb crumbled away revealing a town's long-kept secret. Fingers clenched tightly, a mouth silently screamed freedom. Eyes wide in terror reflected the victim's last fatal seconds.

Harvey Wilson had a story to tell. And only one person would be able to hear him.

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  • Posted January 23, 2011

    Great read! Couldn't put it down!

    I enjoyed this book so much! After about 15 pages, I couldn't put my Nook down. Had to read until the end! The story line was great. Moved along at a nice, clipped pace. The characters are well thought out and you get to know their background more as the story rolls on. There was romance, but it wasn't sappy or forced. I will be purchasing/reading the next 3 books in this series!

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 10, 2013

    Enjoyed!

    Good story and hard to put down! Ready for book two and to see what Sam is up to next. Love the Native American aspects of the storyline. I think i will enjoy this series. New author to follow!

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 12, 2011

    Astonishingly Good - Highly Recommended

    This is the sort of book/series I was hoping to find when I bought my Nook. Full Moon Publishing understands that e-books should have both the quality of paper books, and be cheaper than paper books. The author and Full Moon deliver on this in spades. As I read this book, I could only be amazed at the quality for a debut work, at a 99 cent price point. I have since bought the others in the series, and Tooley only gets stronger and stronger as writer. Highly recommended if you enjoy paranormal mysteries.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 2, 2013

    Mr.Woody

    Enjoyed, have read two of series. Would recommend as good read. Characters are well written

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 16, 2012

    Excellent!

    Thoroughly enjoyed this book. Great characters...wish I had an "Abby" to keep me in line! Buy the book, you will enjoy it.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 24, 2011

    really good book!

    this is a really good mystery, i will definatly read any books in the series

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 19, 2011

    Great Book

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Just enough suspense, a little mysticism and enough romance to make it quite enjoyable. Would recommend to anyone. I will look for other books by this author.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 3, 2011

    Loved it!

    Great characters, consistant suspense. Quickly downloaded the next in the series which is ever better than the first.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 15, 2011

    FREE BOOK - i CAN'T BELIEVE IT

    wonderful characters, engrossing story, great writer!!!!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 6, 2011

    great so far

    i just started reading this book a couple of nights ago and its really good. i cant put it down :)

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 19, 2015

    389 pages

    This book has 389 pages. It is a fast read. The violence and sex are not extremely detailed. There is child abuse, spousal abuse, murders and an alternate religion. There are crooked politician. Some issues are brought up, but never addresssed farther. At times the writing is choppy and in a few places it seems as several pages or even chapters are left out. This really threw me for a loop. I went back and read, rechecked page numbers and chapters, but the information was simply not there. Other than this the story is very good. The main characters feel stiff and do not show much emotion. I liked the native American aspect of this book very much. It is the first book of a series, has a conclusion and leaves enough undisclosed hooks to slip seamlessly into the next book. I would let 16 year olds read this book. It is for roosters as well as chicks. There is some romance but it doesnottske over the story. Very enjoyable.

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    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 10, 2015

    Great book

    Loved the story line, wonderful character development. A few pages in I couldn't put it down. I will definitely read more by this author.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 10, 2011

    loved it

    this nook is bringing me many new and excellent authors. fast moving book with a great finish.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 1, 2011

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    Great book

    This was a great book! It was action packed and full of energy.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 22, 2011

    Weak

    Writing lacks emotion. Characters remain thin and poorly defined. What should be emotional scenes are presented like a poor news report without depth. Story is old and predictable.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 18, 2011

    Great read - highly recommend.

    I have just bought four more of S.D. Tooley's books and am looking forward to curling up with them all. Thoroughly enjoyed "When the Dead Speak" - well written, great descriptions and dialogue and exciting forward movement throughout! Love the paranormal aspect.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 6, 2015

    more from this reviewer

    don't know

    have not yet read

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 29, 2015

    SMB

    Great story! Tooley is now one of my favorite writers. Can't wait to read more.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 18, 2015

    R Sounds promsing

    Liked the idea

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 15, 2013

    interesting

    pretty good. interesting read

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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