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Summary

A body is discovered in a cement pillar. Clasped in his hand is a gold pin shaped like a lightning bolt. What secret did he carry to his grave and why is someone hell-bent on keeping that secret buried?

Detective Sergeant Samantha Casey is more than just a cop. She is part Native American with a unique ability to hear the dead speak. They tell her secrets about their life and death. And sometimes what she learns can get her killed. The puzzle pieces pile up: The deceased is a U.S. soldier reported AWOL during the Korean War. A state representative owns a pin identical to the dead man's. And Sam discovers another pin in her father's jewelry box. Had her father known the deceased? What story had her father, an investigative reporter, been working on at the time of his own death years ago?

This is a gripping story of racism, conspiracy, and cover-up, and one woman's willingness to risk everything to find out the truth.

©2000 S.D. Tooley (P)2009 Books In Motion

Critic reviews

“A promising first mystery of particular interest to readers of Native American Mysteries.” (Booklist)

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  • Amanda
  • 24-02-15

TERRIBLE Narrator...

Like listening to a book being read by Siri. Made it impossible to follow the story line.

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  • C. K. Harrell
  • 09-07-12

Worth Every Penny!

Would you listen to When the Dead Speak again? Why?

Yes! I have so far listened/read along with my Kindle twice! So far I am enjoying the series!

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

"When The Dead Speak" was filled with intrigue, suspense and charisma along with the narrators lovely voice and even cadence! Great read!

What about Beth Richmond’s performance did you like?

She has great tone and inflection along with a great cadence.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

I wouldn't have a clue.

Any additional comments?

Excellent read & the narrator makes each character spring to life!