The Ninth Man

The Ninth Man

by Brad Crowther




The Ninth Man, a modern-day mystery set in Charleston, South Carolina, revolves around a fictional diary kept by a Union spy that explains the disappearance of the H.L. Hunley, a Confederate fishboat that became the world's first successful combat submarine when it sank a Union ship blockading Charleston Harbor.
Moze Cheddar, a descendant of the Union spy and an ex-special forces assassin, has found the long lost diary and wishes to keep its contents secret. However, a minister with a passionate interest in the Hunley has learned of the diary's existence and comes to see Cheddar. Soon after, the minister is murdered, and thieves break into Cheddar's cabin attempting to steal the diary. The attempt is unsuccessful, and Cheddar kills one of the thieves.
Cheddar traces the thieves to the Charleston area, where he forms an uneasy alliance with Russ Berard, a retired Rhode Island police detective and son of the slain minister. Back home in Charleston after being gone for decades, Berard confronts old memories as he investigates his father's murder and helps Cheddar try to determine who wants the diary badly enough to kill for it. The investigation leads to Berard's first love, now married to a high school friend of Berard's with Mafia connections who is intent on producing a reality show that will belittle the Hunley. In addition, murky and surprising connections between Cheddar and his foes are uncovered.
Before Berard and Cheddar work their way through the web of deceit and family relationships, more people die.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781932158922
Publisher: Ingalls Publishing Group, Inc
Publication date: 05/13/2011
Pages: 282
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.64(d)

About the Author

Brad Crowther is a writer and consultant living in Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina
with his wife, Chris, and their beagles, Hershey and Milo. Brad and Chris�s son,
Jon, is a business executive residing in Rhode Island.Prior to becoming a consultant,
Brad was employed by Rhode Island�s State criminal justice planning agency, first
as a Law Enforcement Planner and then as Executive Director,a Governor-appointed
position. Brad also served in the United States Coast Guard with assignments in California, New York, and Italy. Brad may be reached through his website:

Brad Crowther is winner of the 2010 Black Orchid Novella Award presented jointly by The Wolfe Pack and Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine

Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See All Customer Reviews

The Ninth Man: A Russ Berard Charleston Mystery 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
tedfeit0 More than 1 year ago
Most people remember the naval battle between the ironclads, the Monitor and the Merrimack, during the Civil War. But little, if anything, is known about a submarine, known as the H.L. Hunley, which the Confederates used in an attempt to break the blockade of Charleston. Apparently it was successful in torpedoing a Union ship and then sunk with eight crew members. A supposed ninth man was never found. The plot of this debut novel involves a diary of the missing crew member, a Union spy whose task was to sabotage the submarine, and the action takes place in the present day. A descendant of the Northern spy, Ezra Cheddar, has the diary. He is visited by a Hunley enthusiast, the father of Russ Berard, a Rhode Island detective. The father is told about the diary, and is murdered upon his return home. As a result, Russ retires and goes south to find his father’s murderer, leading to all sorts of mayhem, murder and violence. The tale is well-told, with appropriate dialogue and idiom (southern drawl, y’all). The plot is interesting and the characters are well-portrayed. It is a fine work for a first novel, and is recommended.
BuckeyeRhodie More than 1 year ago
What a wonderful surprise this book was! I am an American history buff and the subject matter caught my eye but the book caught me! A great tale that weaves the histroical past with the confusing present day world done in a fast paced exiciting style. The characters in the book were so interesting and the plots well developed. I really enjoyed this book and think Mr. Crowther should be getting the movie studio calls any day now. Great read!
ReedB More than 1 year ago
I bought this book before setting off on a business trip, thinking it would keep my busy for a few days. Wrong! I wasn't able to put it down and finished it before the first leg of my journey. It has great, believable characters; fun and realistic dialogue, and a very clever plot that ties together contemporary and Civil War-era Charleston. Whether you like James Patterson or James Lee Burke, Sue Grafton or Sara Paretsky, you will really enjoy this book. Waiting for a sequel!
SeliaJG More than 1 year ago
I'll admit I read this book because of the historical subplot about the Civil War. And that part was great! The language of the diary seemed so authentic I double-checked that part to make sure it was fiction. The contemporary mystery drew me in also: the characters, the main character's voice, the ironic way he confronts what life (or the author) throws at him; the plot twists and turns; everything comes together to make this a great read. I hope this is a series.