Shortlisted for the 2012 Faulkner-Wisdom Award
Newly engaged private investigators Atticus Wynn and Rosemary Sanchez have seen the dark and violent side of life. Atticus's dry wit is born of a traumatic childhood that's left him emotionally scarred and estranged from his homicide detective sister. The medals Rosemary earned during her tour of duty in Iraq are little reward for returning home to San Diego missing a leg and tormented by PTSD and her continuing failure to save her younger brother from his own violent nature. Still, nothing they've been through has prepared them for an explosive murder investigation that tests the couple's trust as they struggle to solve a case where the best result leaves them in prison or dead.
Atticus's manipulative and gorgeous ex-girlfriend, Claire, 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 as well as rendering them pawns in Tijuana Cartel captain Armando Villanueva's bloody bid to take over the Cartel. Villanueva Machiavellian scheme sends one of his minions, Rosemary's own gangsta brother, after Atticus, and as if that weren't bad enough, Villanueva dispatches "The Priest", a former child soldier for a Colombian rebel group who is now a messianic mercenary whose religious psychosis has launched him on a trajectory that can only end in mayhem.
The Black Song Inside is a vivid crime thriller rife with the murder and madness, melded with gallows humor and the heroism of two flawed protagonists who, in struggling to unravel a skein of human suffering, learn the nature of redemption and the ability to forgive others and themselves.
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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 fiction and fantasy. He has flailed ineffectually at performing the writers' requisite myriad of random jobs: pizza deliverer, curb address painter, sweatshop laborer, day laborer, night laborer, twilight laborer (of the fang-less variety), security guard, campus police, Gallup pollster, medical courier, vehicle procurer, and signature-for-petitions-getter.
He is a happily married man with two cats and a dogs 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.
"A great thriller, murder-mystery novel for anyone who isn't turned away by violence, bad language or the gritty realism that comes from telling a story filled with drug rings, human trafficking and murder." —Need to Read, Got to Watch
"On balance, this is a well-written, lively read, which I enjoyed. I'm looking forward to the next Atticus and Rosemary tale. I'm giving it 4.7 stars. Recommended." —JJ Toner, From The Kindle Book Review
"This book is worth reading, just for the writing alone. But on top of that, the storyline and characters are so compelling, it's hard to put down. If you like vivid description, well-crafted characters, and a dark & intriguing story, you'll love this book." —Audra Middleton, author of Watcher
"A great read. If you are looking for a fast-paced read, this is the book for you. The characters are well developed and very likeable. Clark uses just enough humor to keep you from getting bogged down, and has quite a way with language. This story keeps you wanting more...and what an unexpected ending!" —LSchwarzman
"This author mesmerized me with this story. Once I started, I couldn't put it down. The relationship between Atticus and Rosemary was very well described throughout." —Fred Newtz
"Clark infuses The Black Song Inside with intelligent, wry and deftly integrated comment on a society where the breakdown of the state makes everyone a combatant, willing or no...The action is fast and furious. The writing is vibrant, expressive, sometimes even lyrical. Clark has a way with metaphor—his are just as they should be; creative, unexpected juxtapositions, working hard to describe and deliver on physical threat and emotional tension." —Libris Reviews
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