Friday, December 6, 2013

The Black Song Inside by Carlyle Clark

Title:  The Black Song Inside
Author:  Carlyle Clark
Published:  September 10th 2013 by Thomas & Mercer 
(first published November 14th 2012)
Page Count:  426
Genre:  Suspense
Shelf:  Review Copy
Rating:  ★★★

Book Blurb:

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.

Adult-content rating: This book contains content considered unsuitable for young readers 17 and under, and which may be offensive to some readers of all ages.

My Review:

Clark’s vivid yet fluid descriptions bring this world to life in a rather dark manner. Through this the author shrouds the entire tale in darkness, drawing his audience in alongside his characters. The interconnectedness throughout really makes the story itself chilling. Clark’s storytelling is mildly reminiscent of James Patterson& gets quite intense and fast paced the further you get into it.

Clark brings together a multicultural meltingpot of characters to round out his story. I appreciated how Clark’s writing varied slightly depending on the characters that he was writing about, it served to highlight various aspects of their lives and personalities. He also has dialogue chalk full of racial and territorial slang that serves to set characters up in groups based on their thoughts, actions, and lot in life. It gives you real insight into a variety of characters.

Overall, this is a very well put together, in depth story that makes you think. It was extremely well written, if a little hard to get into.

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About the author:

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.

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