Murder in Rat Alley: A Blackman Agency Investigation #7

Murder in Rat Alley: A Blackman Agency Investigation #7

In this unusual spin on the classic spy novel, murder strikes from our wartime pasts… Iraq War veteran Sam Blackman with his prosthetic leg and his no-nonsense private eye partner ...

About The Author

Mark de Castrique

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 ...

Reviews of

Murder in Rat Alley: A Blackman Agency Investigation #7

“…it was fun—for once!—to see cops of every persuasion cooperating for the solving of all the cases and a sad but very satisfactory ending.”

Dana Stabenow, New York Times bestselling author

“De Castrique skillfully entwines the reasons for the two deaths and provides a fascinating motive that spans the decades. Intelligent, kind protagonists and an eye-opening historical background help make this one winner.”

Publishers Weekly

“A fellow army vet advises Blackman that ‘Disinformation creates doubt, chaos breeds confusion,’ words that also show this solid entry in the Sam Blackman series to be particularly pertinent today.”


“The seventh ‘Sam Blackman’ mystery has the right amount of action, humor, and intrigue. Fans of the humor of Robert B. Parker’s ‘Spenser’ series with some North Carolina history thrown in will enjoy Sam’s relentless pursuit of the truth.”

Library Journal

“MURDER IN RAT ALLEY is definitely a very compelling mystery with some surprising twists and unexpected connections!”

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