Reading Matters

de Castrique’s 5th Sam Blackman

Charlotte mystery writer Mark de Castrique took Lord Blackstone’s 1765 quote to heart in his latest sleuther:

“Better that ten guilty persons escape than that one innocent suffer.”

That’s the cornerstone of de Castrique’s fifteenth novel and his fifth in the Sam Blackman series.

In “A Specter of Justice” Sam is an Iraqi war veteran and amputee living in Asheville. His good friend is being framed for a pair of creepy killings. The narrative includes young twins left orphaned; a courtroom murder; a tour of local haunted sites; a woman who hanged herself from a bridge; and a woman’s body found in a white dress in a hotel room.

Kirkus Reviews calls “Specter” “an entertaining whodounit with colorful characters, swift-footed plotting and a confident narrative voice.”

de Castrique’s novels have received starred reviews from Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and Booklist. He is also a veteran of the broadcast and film production business. In Washington D.C., he directed numerous news and public affairs programs and received an EMMY Award for his documentary film work. Through his company, MARK et al., he writes and produces videos for corporate and broadcast clients.

de Castrique will read and sign books at 2 p.m. on Saturday at Park Road Books, 4139 Park Road, Park Road Shopping Center.

The event is free, and of course you’re invited.