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The Blackbird Papers - A Novel

Ian Smith

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.

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.
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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.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Brent Jennings

Length:

11h 55m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

03:34


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

04:00


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

03:10


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

03:21


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

03:25


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

04:17


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

02:53


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

03:03


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

03:28


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

03:27


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

03:28


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

03:50


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

03:08


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

03:36


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

03:12


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

03:12


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

03:33


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

02:31


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

04:00


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

03:20


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

02:26


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

03:22


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

03:25


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

03:34


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

03:23


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

03:03


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

01:19


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

03:26


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

03:18


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

03:24


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

03:18


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

03:23


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

03:22


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

03:31


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

03:03


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

03:36


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

01:06


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

03:19


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

03:10


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

03:11


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

03:34


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

00:58


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

04:14


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

03:51


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

03:05


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

03:55


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

03:16


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

03:34


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

03:25


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

02:12


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

03:03


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

03:46


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

03:33


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

03:03


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

03:02


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

01:21


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

03:26


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

03:47


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

03:26


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

01:43


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

03:42


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

03:33


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

03:31


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

02:10


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

02:49


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

03:49


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

03:10


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

03:32


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

02:06


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

03:31


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

03:29


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

03:18


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

03:28


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

03:32


Chapter 75
Chapter 75

01:34


Chapter 76
Chapter 76

02:44


Chapter 77
Chapter 77

03:38


Chapter 78
Chapter 78

02:49


Chapter 79
Chapter 79

01:56


Chapter 80
Chapter 80

03:13


Chapter 81
Chapter 81

03:34


Chapter 82
Chapter 82

01:02


Chapter 83
Chapter 83

03:10


Chapter 84
Chapter 84

03:12


Chapter 85
Chapter 85

04:02


Chapter 86
Chapter 86

03:39


Chapter 87
Chapter 87

02:59


Chapter 88
Chapter 88

01:17


Chapter 89
Chapter 89

03:38


Chapter 90
Chapter 90

03:11


Chapter 91
Chapter 91

01:34


Chapter 92
Chapter 92

04:08


Chapter 93
Chapter 93

03:12


Chapter 94
Chapter 94

03:14


Chapter 95
Chapter 95

03:51


Chapter 96
Chapter 96

04:24


Chapter 97
Chapter 97

02:34


Chapter 98
Chapter 98

02:49


Chapter 99
Chapter 99

03:11


Chapter 100
Chapter 100

04:02


Chapter 101
Chapter 101

03:28


Chapter 102
Chapter 102

04:02


Chapter 103
Chapter 103

03:43


Chapter 104
Chapter 104

03:29


Chapter 105
Chapter 105

02:51


Chapter 106
Chapter 106

03:11


Chapter 107
Chapter 107

03:37


Chapter 108
Chapter 108

03:06


Chapter 109
Chapter 109

01:35


Chapter 110
Chapter 110

03:05


Chapter 111
Chapter 111

02:04


Chapter 112
Chapter 112

03:37


Chapter 113
Chapter 113

02:45


Chapter 114
Chapter 114

03:04


Chapter 115
Chapter 115

01:29


Chapter 116
Chapter 116

03:06


Chapter 117
Chapter 117

03:31


Chapter 118
Chapter 118

02:03


Chapter 119
Chapter 119

03:30


Chapter 120
Chapter 120

03:47


Chapter 121
Chapter 121

03:56


Chapter 122
Chapter 122

02:36


Chapter 123
Chapter 123

03:15


Chapter 124
Chapter 124

03:40


Chapter 125
Chapter 125

03:58


Chapter 126
Chapter 126

02:42


Chapter 127
Chapter 127

03:38


Chapter 128
Chapter 128

03:27


Chapter 129
Chapter 129

01:18


Chapter 130
Chapter 130

03:39


Chapter 131
Chapter 131

03:07


Chapter 132
Chapter 132

03:45


Chapter 133
Chapter 133

03:23


Chapter 134
Chapter 134

03:26


Chapter 135
Chapter 135

03:21


Chapter 136
Chapter 136

03:35


Chapter 137
Chapter 137

02:17


Chapter 138
Chapter 138

03:38


Chapter 139
Chapter 139

03:13


Chapter 140
Chapter 140

02:04


Chapter 141
Chapter 141

03:22


Chapter 142
Chapter 142

03:17


Chapter 143
Chapter 143

03:49


Chapter 144
Chapter 144

03:55


Chapter 145
Chapter 145

03:59


Chapter 146
Chapter 146

02:53


Chapter 147
Chapter 147

03:49


Chapter 148
Chapter 148

03:34


Chapter 149
Chapter 149

03:18


Chapter 150
Chapter 150

03:22


Chapter 151
Chapter 151

04:05


Chapter 152
Chapter 152

03:11


Chapter 153
Chapter 153

02:57


Chapter 154
Chapter 154

03:25


Chapter 155
Chapter 155

03:21


Chapter 156
Chapter 156

03:21


Chapter 157
Chapter 157

03:46


Chapter 158
Chapter 158

03:33


Chapter 159
Chapter 159

03:34


Chapter 160
Chapter 160

02:22


Chapter 161
Chapter 161

03:49


Chapter 162
Chapter 162

02:59


Chapter 163
Chapter 163

03:04


Chapter 164
Chapter 164

03:34


Chapter 165
Chapter 165

01:02


Chapter 166
Chapter 166

02:59


Chapter 167
Chapter 167

03:38


Chapter 168
Chapter 168

03:34


Chapter 169
Chapter 169

03:34


Chapter 170
Chapter 170

02:13


Chapter 171
Chapter 171

03:33


Chapter 172
Chapter 172

03:36


Chapter 173
Chapter 173

03:24


Chapter 174
Chapter 174

03:10


Chapter 175
Chapter 175

01:24


Chapter 176
Chapter 176

03:58


Chapter 177
Chapter 177

03:30


Chapter 178
Chapter 178

03:58


Chapter 179
Chapter 179

03:22


Chapter 180
Chapter 180

03:04


Chapter 181
Chapter 181

03:23


Chapter 182
Chapter 182

03:40


Chapter 183
Chapter 183

03:49


Chapter 184
Chapter 184

03:42


Chapter 185
Chapter 185

01:08


Chapter 186
Chapter 186

03:12


Chapter 187
Chapter 187

03:22


Chapter 188
Chapter 188

01:20


Chapter 189
Chapter 189

03:53


Chapter 190
Chapter 190

04:04


Chapter 191
Chapter 191

03:42


Chapter 192
Chapter 192

02:32


Chapter 193
Chapter 193

03:41


Chapter 194
Chapter 194

02:43


Chapter 195
Chapter 195

03:44


Chapter 196
Chapter 196

03:02


Chapter 197
Chapter 197

03:35


Chapter 198
Chapter 198

03:08


Chapter 199
Chapter 199

02:57

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