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.
His latest book is the mystery thriller, The Black Song Inside.
Visit his website at http://carlyleclark.wordpress.com/.
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.
Virtual Book Tour Highlights:
Interview at Blogcritics:
"I started out almost 10 years ago just flailing away at a keyboard with no idea what I was doing. I wrote a mystery thriller because I enjoy mysteries and thrillers so I wanted to try to capture the elements I enjoy in each genre in one novel and that means for me dark humor, dry wit, an emotional connection to the protagonists, three-dimensional characters, no “slow” parts, and a lot of action. One reviewer compared The Black Song Inside to a Tarantino film and that’s similar to the tone I was looking for."
Guest Blogging at Icefairy's Treasure Chest:
"My favorite genres for both reading and writing are crime fiction and fantasy, but I am also a fan of the prolific master, Stephen King. I’m not a fan of horror novels, but he’s the only novelist whose short story collections I sometimes prefer and I’ll read anything he does that’s not horror, like his epic Gunlslinger novels. He puts his down-home characters in the most horrific situations, often immersing them in bodily fluids that King is so fond of describing, and I’m not all that fond of visualizing or worse, smellilizing. However, King has one specific talent with which he rises above the rest - the uncanny ability to imbue each character with a unique voice. The words he gives them serve to show the reader exactly who these people are, and that creates a powerful connection. We care for them, feel their terror, wish them well, and mourn their gruesome deaths."
Praise for The Black Song Inside:
Having lived in San Diego and having visited Tijuana many times, I was interested to see how the author handled the 2 settings.He more than rose to the occasion- all the writing is so descriptive, you will feel like you are right there in the story! Clark's writing reminded me of an earlier Alex Cross (whose books I love) and the characters will stay with you long after you put the book down, which you will NOT be able to do- I had to force myself to read it in 2 sittings! It is such a great rollers coaster of a mystery, taking you on different paths and then back again, so that you're eagerly flipping pages and holding your breath! This is an astounding debut novel, and I'll be looking for more books from the author! If you're looking for a new name in the mystery fiction field, check out this book and Carlyle Clark!
--Bless Their Hearts Mom
Two flawed people, Atticus Wynn and Rosemary Sanchez, private investigators find themselves in deep trouble with the Tijuana Cartel and others. A fast paced, action packed story from beginning to end. Be warned, has vivid descriptions,rough language, street “lingo”,and violence. Written with gritty realism, a compelling and complex plot and engaging, albeit, realistic characters. If you enjoy tough, gritty, crime thrillers than “The Black Song Inside” is just up your alley. You will not regret your choice to read this thrilling, dark thriller. A great read!
--My Book Addiction Reviews
This was quite a fun read, It was full of mystery and suspense that kept me at the edge of my seat. I really loved our main characters, Atticus and Rosemary. Atticus is a P.I. most try to avoid. He is a certified badass. I loved his humor and how smart he was. He really understood the criminals he was up against. Rosemary was a favorite though. She was in the army and lost her leg. She always stays in her home because she suffers from PTSD. She was behind the wheel of the car that blew up when she lost her leg. But she doesn't let that stop her. She is definitely one of my favorite heroines. Her one week spot really was her adopted brother, Johnny. Johnny gets into a lot of trouble. He is always running with the wrong crowd. Atticus knows he will never change, but Rosemary is still holding hope. I felt bad for her when it came to Johnny. You can see she loves him and wants to help him. There are a lot of characters in this book, but never once do you get them confused.
-- Offbeat Vagabond
A dark mystery with adult themes, The Black Song Inside by Carlyle Clark, is not for the faint of heart. Well developed multicultural characters, an engaging mystery and plenty of emotional angst kept me turning the pages to discover what was going to happen next. Filled with frank and occasionally disturbing language, violence and the occasional racial slur, Mr. Clark’s story is engaging and reflective of the criminal underbelly of our society.
-- Queen of All She Reads
Find more interviews, guest posts and reviews at http://www.pumpupyourbook.com/2013/11/09/virtual-book-tour-pump-up-your-book-presents-the-black-song-inside-virtual-book-publicity-tour/.