Hidden Scars

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Poisoned Pen Press
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5.51 X 0.58 X 8.5 inches | 0.73 pounds

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About the Author

Mark de Castrique grew up in the mountains of western North Carolina where many of his novels are set. He's a veteran of the television and film production industry, has served as an adjunct professor at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte teaching The American Mystery, and he's a frequent speaker and workshop leader. He and his wife, Linda, live in Charlotte, North Carolina. www.markdecastrique.com


"Hidden Scars is packed with engaging and colorful characters, including mysterious "men in suits," modern FBI agents and cops, a tweed-jacketed, elbow-patched hack author, and a shotgun-toting old recluse whose pet raccoon sports a rhinestone collar. The complicated plot twists from past to present and back again, keep the reader intrigued. Building slowly at first, the novel moves toward an action-packed conclusion that leaves no loose ends. Hidden Scars creates a satisfying and enjoyable counterpoint between the secrets of the past and the crimes of the present."--Jean Gazis "Mystery Scene Magazine "
"This fascinating mystery, merging past and present, brings some little-known history to light and shows that laws change much faster than attitudes, as Sam and Nakayla, an interracial couple themselves, discover."--Barbara Bibel "Booklist for Murder in Passing, Sam Blackman Mystery #4 "
..".intriguing historical mystery..."--Don Crinklaw "Booklist "
"With its strong sense of place, depiction of racial tension that still lingers in the new South, and appealing sleuths, de Castrique's well-plotted mystery is a winner."--Library Journal
"A wealth of historical detail, an exciting treasure hunt and credible characters distinguish this fresh, adventurous read." (starred review)--Publishers Weekly for Blackman's Coffin, Sam Blackman Mystery #1
"De Castrique's sixth delivers a vivid gallery of suspects, lively dialogue, and an attractive pair of sleuths."--Kirkus Reviews
..".superior sixth mystery...De Castrique combines an examination of the South's troubled racial history with a smart probe of current political-financial shenanigans."--Publishers Weekly
"Known for his effortless storytelling, de Castrique once again delivers a compelling tale blending fact and fiction, this one involving racial tension, the aftermath of war, and the authentication of manuscripts." (starred review)--Library Journal for The Sandburg Connection, Sam Blackman Mystery #3