The Blackbird Papers

Version: Abridged
Author: Ian K. Smith
Narrator: Unknown
Publisher: Random House (Audio)
Published In: June 2004
Length: 1 hour
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A rainy night . . . A stranded motorist . . . A Good Samaritan passerby ... a Nobel Prize-winning professor . . . The setup for a shocking murder designed to cover up an even more sinister crime . . .
"The Blackbird Papers marks the debut of Ian Smith, a major new talent in crime fiction, and of Sterling Bledsoe, his smart and occasionally combative sleuth.
World-renowned Dartmouth professor Wilson Bledsoe is returning from a party celebrating his latest honor when he encounters a broken-down pickup on the secluded country road to his home. The next day, the discovery of his body with a vicious racist epithet carved into his chest leads to the quick arrest of two loathsome white supremacists. The local authorities seem ready to accept the case at face value as a racial hate crime. But the murdered professor's brother, FBI agent Sterling Bledsoe, has inserted himself into the investigation and isn't ready to buy into this pat solution. A look around his brother's lab and brief interviews with his students and colleagues pique Sterling's curiosity about Wilson's pet project: a nearly completed paper on the mysterious deaths of hundreds of local blackbirds.
Fast-paced and cleverly constructed, "The Blackbird Papers introduces a major new talent in mystery and crime fiction.

Author Details

Author Details

Smith, Ian K.

Ian K. Smith, M.D., is a medical/health reporter for NBC's" Nightly News" and the "Today" show. He also writes a weekly health column for the "New York Daily News" and is a medical columnist for "Time" magazine. Dr. Smith graduated from Harvard University and earned a master's degree in science education from Columbia University. He attended Dartmouth Medical School and the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine. He is also the author of Dr. Ian Smith's Guide to Medical Websites. Dr. Smith lives in Manhattan.

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