Friday, February 28, 2014

G250 Book Review of The Black Song Inside by Carlyle Clark

Name of Book: The Black Song Inside

Author: Carlyle Clark

ISBN: 978-1-477-84916-3

Publisher: Thomas and Mercer

Type of book: Mexico, African-American male/Latina female pairing, drugs, cartels, inhuman antagonist, message, mystery, human trafficking, investigators

Year it was published: 2013


Atticus Wynn and Rosemary Sanchez, newly engaged private investigators, have seen the dark and violent side of life, but nothing has prepared them for an explosive murder investigation that threatens to tear their relationship apart. They struggle to solve a case that as a best result could leave them in prison or dead. Atticus's manipulative ex-girlfriend bursts back into their lives wielding a secret about Rosemary's family. She exploits the fact 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. If they can save themselves, they may learn the nature of redemption and the ability to forgive.

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The main characters include Atticus who is best described as paranoid, a wanna-be actor, devoted to Rosemary and an investigator. He had a very rocky life and is also a reader. Rosemary is sweet, a tomboy, devoted to her family, heroic, brave and determined no matter what. The secondary characters include Rosemary's brother who seems to detest Atticus as well as the mysterious almost inhuman Priest, then there's the older sister Azalea who has her own life and is a pretty violent woman. I guess there were too many characters to keep track of, thus I'm not able to recall a lot about them, except that I was impressed with the fact that the hero and heroine are of ethnicities that aren't very common in the books, especially as main characters.


I'm not sure what the message should have been.


Its written in third person narrative from what seems to be everyone's point of view, that of Atticus, Rosemary and so forth, although the primary person is Atticus. (Interesting that the name he has is that of a lawyer from To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee...) I personally was unable to tie up multiple strands of why the Priest was after Atticus and Rosemary and how the characters were in the bigger picture.

Author Information:
(from information kit)
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.
His latest book is the mystery thriller, The Black Song Inside.
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I was pretty impressed with the writing and characters when it comes to the book. I really did want to like it, but it didn't grab me. I personally felt that the book tended to be all over the place and towards the end I grew frustrated with keeping up with multiple strands of what's going on. In beginning the book has really captured me because for one the hero is of African-American descent, while the paramour is a Latina who recently came back from Iraq and is suffering PTSD. As if that's not enough, the heroine also lost her leg. So yeah, right away we have a unique book with a unique heroine and hero. I think the book does require careful reading in order to understand, or else it didn't really capture me.

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3 out of 5
(0: Stay away unless a masochist 1: Good for insomnia 2: Horrible but readable; 3: Readable and quickly forgettable, 4: Good, enjoyable 5: Buy it, keep it and never let it go.)

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