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I have a really wild book to share with you guys called The Black Song Inside written by Carlyle Clark and boy, it's a doozy!
Atticus Wynn and Rosemary Sanchez, newly engaged private investigators, have seen the dark and violent side of life. Nothing, though, has prepared them for an explosive murder investigation that threatens to tear their relationship apart as they struggle to solve a case that could leave them in prison or dead.
Atticus’s manipulative ex-girlfriend bursts back into their lives wielding a secret about Rosemary’s family that she exploits to force the couple into investigating the execution-style slaying of her lover. The case thrusts Atticus and Rosemary headlong into the world of human trafficking and drug smuggling, while rendering them pawns in Tijuana Cartel captain Armando Villanueva’s bloody bid to take over the cartel.
The Black Song Inside is a vivid crime thriller rife with murder and madness, melded with gallows humor and the heroism of two flawed and compelling protagonists who, if they can save themselves, may learn the nature of redemption and the ability to forgive.I have to admit that this book was hard for me to understand in the beginning because it jumped around and named a lot of people right off the bat so I got a little confused who everyone was and why I was reading about them, but as the dust settled and the story settled, I was able to decipher it all and make sense of what I was reading.
Now, this is not a story for the faint of heart. This is about a serial killer and he is not shy about thinking, imagining or talking about what he does. And the bad part is he doesn't care who or what, just as long as he gets paid. He is a little crazy, too! He thinks he is making sacrifices to God in some crazy twisted way and he called himself The Priest. He really believes he is here to teach disciples and all that stuff.
He becomes fixated on Atticus and Azalea because some drug cartel guy told him to decide which one of them to kill one or both. They are brother and sister but haven't spoken in a very long time. She is a police officer and he is a private investigator. Atticus has a girlfriend and partner in the P.I. business called Rosemary who is an Iraq veteran who lost a leg while serving. She has a steel one that she uses to walk on.
Somehow Rosemary's adopted brother from her childhood is involved with the people who have hired the assassin to kill Atticus but before the assassin does that, he has decided that he will choose to kill either Rosemary or her adopted brother, Johnny first. Now, which one will it be?
See, what I mean? Get ready for a ride and a half!
Carlyle Clark was raised in Poway, a city just north of San Diego, but is now a proud Chicagolander working in the field of Corporate Security and writing crime and fantasy fiction. He has flailed ineffectually at performing the writer's requisite myriad of random jobs: pizza deliverer, curb address painter, sweatshop laborer, day laborer, night laborer, security guard, campus police, Gallup pollster, medical courier, vehicle procurer, and signature-for-petitions-getter.
He is a married man with two cats and a dog. He is also a martial arts enthusiast and a CrossFit endurer who enjoys fishing, sports, movies, TV series with continuing storylines, and of course, reading. Most inconsequentially, he holds the unrecognized distinction of being one of the few people in the world who have been paid to watch concrete dry in the dark. Tragically, that is a true statement.
I thought this was such a strong story and book that I wanted to share it with one other reader, so I will be giving my hard copy book to one winner! Open in the U.S. only. Good Luck Everyone!