The Blackbird Papers: A Novel

The Blackbird Papers: A Novel

by Ian Smith (Read by)
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Blackbird Papers 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 21 reviews.
Absent-MindedMe06 More than 1 year ago
I purchased the book on a whim and started to ready around 2 PM...  at 8:30 PM (give or take) I closed the book and shook my head at how good it was!  Would LOVE to read other situations for Agent Bledsoe!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I hope he continues to write more mysteries. This book was great, I didn't want it to come to an end.
lustyeyes More than 1 year ago
I read it while vaccuming could not put it down. would read it again Dr.Ian Smith PLEASE WRITE ANOTHER ONE.
Guest More than 1 year ago
World renowned Dartmouth professor Wilson Bledsoe is hunted down and brutally murdered on his way home from a party celebrating his latest honor. Wilson¿s brother, and FBI agent Sterling Bledsoe inserts himself into the search for the killer. He discards the pat solution that local authorities are ready to accept that racists killed Wilson. Sterling believes his brother¿s demise was based on a different motivation. He theorizes the murder had something to do with Wilson¿s pet project, the alarming number of blackbird deaths in the area. Sterling searches for clues he is certain his brother left that would shine light upon the mystery. With quality writing from the first page, Ian Smith pulls the reader into each scene with deft, masterful prose. The descriptions are detailed without becoming mired and slowing the story. The imagery of Wilson¿s flight from his attackers, and later, the condition of the body, is vivid and deeply affecting The only minus I would give this effort is that the brother, FBI agent Sterling Bledsoe triumphed in every obstacle during the investigation of his brother¿s murder. If he asked a question, it was answered right away. If he went looking for something it didn¿t take long to find it. Another thing I found weird was that his brother was murdered but there wasn¿t a scene with Sterling telling his girlfriend and though he was out of town dealing with this tragedy, she never called to check on him. I would love to see a prequel to The Blackbird Papers exploring Sterling¿s depression. Chocolatesleuth.com highly recommends this book and we look forward to Ian Smith¿s next novel.
Guest More than 1 year ago
There is something charasmatically clever about the writing style of Mr. Ian Smith's, The Blackbird Papers. I felt like I was reading a work equal to Sidney Sheldon, and Dean Koontz. I kept hearing about the book everywhere, and visited Barnes and Noble, but no more books were in stock. Therefore, I ordered a copy from the clerk, and awaited a few days for it to arrive. Barnes and Noble called me, and I never felt so proud to obtain my book copy of The Blackbird Papers. The cover alone is one of the most unique and professional book covers of the year for a male author, and the simplicity is stunning. Hints of a blackbird silhouette preceeding every chapter places this book on the top quality list. The page count, chapter breaks, and font, and editing are perfect for a modern day mystery that crosses boundaries, and is refreshing for an AA author who has taken novel writing back to what it should be, and doesn't underestimate that book lovers are interested in real stories minus the hype, gangs, and stereo depictions of urban life. His writing style is authentic. This book is intelligent, and when readers find out who actually killed Sterling Bledsoe's brother, Wilson, it is sort of humorous and shocking, and makes you just want to see this fast paced page turner head to the big screen, and quickly. Bring on the rain, music score, and blackbirds in the millions. I can envision this book on the screen so vividly, it makes me tremble because I predict it will happen. The language use let me know substantial care and research was done to make a believable crime detective story worth reading not once, but twice or maybe more times. The book is methodical, and intense like Mr. Ian is a doctor in criminology. I was intrigued by the saga of the murder of blackbirds. Cute things. Why would anyone want to kill these creatures. The answer lies in power, greed, and circumstances that are critical to the well being of man kind, but when you think of the earth's ecological system, can we afford to rid the planet of any animals to distinction that may hold the cure to wide spread disease as much as the crops they can destroy in one mass feeding. Your skin will crawl, and you too will take sides, and make Dr. Ian's Smith's fine work part of your book collection for keeps. I will hold on to my copy for an autograph one day. It looks like I am stuck in my own literary world, and found it necessary to insist that all book lovers of mystery and suspense get this book to number one by ordering it. I rarely assign titles, but yes, 'The King of Mystery Suspense Thrillers' is born. He should be a action super hero. I applaud this author. All I can say is, 'WOW!'
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I enjoyed this book from beginning to the very end. I would love to read another story w/Agent Sterling Bledsoe playing the lead and solving the case.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I love reading books like this.The Blackbird Papers has all the elements it need to keep readers guessing throughout the story. The whole set up in the book was a surprise and shocking to me. I would recommend this book for anyone who love mystery and action all in one book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
My hat is off to Mr. Ian Smith for creating an exciting, fast-moving, and realistic crime plot. The story had so many twists and turns which keeps the readers guessing and on the end of their seats. The novel held my interest from start to finish. With the exception of a couple of editing mistakes (Smith got Sterling¿s and Wilson¿s names confused during one occasion), the writing was superb. It was refreshing to read a work of fiction by an African American author that did not contain a storyline about somebody¿s `BABY MOMMA¿ or a Player trying to get over on a sista¿¿which I do enjoy reading myself from time-to-time. I got Mr. Smith¿s book from the library (FREE) but would not have regretted shelling out the hard cash for this exciting read. I highly recommend this novel for your private library. Enjoy.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I burned the midnight oil trying to finish this book....it's definately a page turner. I can - not wait until the release of Dr. Smith's next novel.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I thought this book was very well written. It is so detailed, it makes you feel like you are in a good mystery movie. It's like your inside of Sterling Bledsoe and you can see what he see's and feel what he feels. I thought it was excellent.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Dr. Ian Smith does a wonderful job on his first novel. This book is filled with suspense and you will not want to put the book down. I can't wait to read his next novel.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A definite 'can't put it down until you finish it' book!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Ian Smith, jumped right into the literary world with this KNOCK-OUT novel. It was really hard to tell this was his first novel. The book was well written,and kept you turning the pages from start to finish. I look forward to reading more novels from this amazing new author of mystery and suspense. OUTSTANDING!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This first novel was absolutely wonderful! I couldn't tell that this was Dr. Smith's first book. I could barely put it down because I was so anxious to see whodunit!!! I definitely will be looking forward to reading more from Dr. Smith in the near future!! BRAVO!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I¿m a fan of mystery, intrigue and suspense so I was delighted to hear The Blackbird Papers would satisfy my reading requirements in this genre. New author, Ian Smith has added to the literary scene by effectively writing a great book. I certainly was not disappointed when I sat down to read this book and further think people who like to read a good ¿whodunit¿ will be thrilled with this novel. I don¿t know what to talk about first. The characters are: Prize winning science Professor Wilson Bledsoe, his lovely wife Kay, the president of Dartmouth College Dr. Wallace Mortimer, and FBI agent and brother to Professor Bledsoe, Sterling Bledsoe. The limited number of supporting characters further enhances the ease in remembering who is who and who did what, as the reader embarks on a journey to find out who killed Professor Bledsoe. First, who would have reason to kill him and secondly, what was their motive? As the mystery unfolds it is discovered Professor Bledsoe was conducting secret research on the overwhelming numbers of dead blackbirds found in the serene countryside of Hanover, New Hampshire and for his gruesome discovery, somebody wanted him dead. Those close to the professor and his research are equal targets and Sterling has to jump in and get up to speed quickly before the tables are turned on him. I read the book in two days; I simply couldn¿t put it down. There were several times when I uttered an audible gasp, my breath caught and I experienced a shudder, as a shocking discovery was made deeper into the mystery. Sterling is determined to find out who would do such a thing to his peaceable brother. Although the brothers were never close, and Sterling perceived he lived in his older brother¿s shadow, finding his killer or killers is the one thing he could do to appease guilt and enact justice. Suspense enters when the local police department suspects Sterling is no longer on their side and quickly becomes their number one suspect. As he fights to clear his name, I could only sit back, tightly grip the pages and hold on for the ride. Discovering and reading The Blackbird Papers was an elation. I felt the book was well written, wonderfully researched and elegantly apportioned with the accoutrements of suspense and intrigue. I had reservations about reading the book only because I thought the author might use words, which would require the companionship of a dictionary and I was equally as pleased to see my fears were unfounded. Avid readers have something to look forward to with the advent of future Sterling Bledsoe mysteries.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this book is astounding. it keeps you interested from start to finish. this book is on the level of tom clancy and dan brown. the main character should have a series of books such as dan browns robert langdon. once again an excellent worth checking out
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Blackbird Papers is a Summer Must Read! Dr. Smith develops the key players in such a precise way until you feel as if you know each character intimately. The riveting 'whodunit' plot consists of twists and turns that carry the reader on a spine tingling journey. It was refreshing to read a mystery novel where the FINALE was actually a well crafted SURPRISE and not a cookie cutter ending! Also the underlying real life ecological controversy addressed in the novel gives the enlightened reader something to ponder long after the unmasking of the killers. Don't start the novel late in the evening because once you pick it up . . . you will not be able to put it down. I look forward to more of Detective Sterling Bledsoe's adventures.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The blackbird papers is an Exellent first book, considering that this is from a guy who does medical non fiction. It is well written and It has completely crossed the boundary of black books and mainstream, it is definetly main stream. It is a story of educated human beings,who have lives like you and me. It is tells life as it is supposed to be, that any human being if determined can reach heaven and that heaven is the bottom line, as long as one applies themselves completely and dedicates them selves to what they are dreaming of, they can acheive all they want. And like any human beings there is sibling rivalry and tragedy. It is an intillegent humerous , yet serious story, with gripping emotions, that does bring a sting of tears as easily as it brings out loud laughter. It is a thriller all the way , a page turner. Sterling is a brilliant Sleuth, who uses all he has to find his brother's killer.Dr Smith makes us learn so much about a lot of things.About the black birds, sunflower seeds , academic life, the FBI and so much more. It is a must read. Two thumbs Dr Smith You did it!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Good plot although Dr. Smith is treading very carefully. He needs to step away from himself to write a great novel. He is obviously a great archiever but I cant say we have seen the next Robert Rudlum. Thumbs up for trying.