When the Dead Speak: A Sam Casey Mystery Mass Market Paperback – May 2000
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"It looks like Tooley has a winner on her first novel and I look forward to her next, Nothing Else Matters." -- Mystery News
"Nifty, X-Fileish without the alien tint, this novel slyly pulls you in and under..." -- Buzz Review News
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S.D. Tooley combines Native American mysticism with police procedure and political intrigue in her first Sam Casey mystery. She has a keen ear for dialogue and her years as a technical writer explains her acute attention to detail. She has crafted an entertaining mystery novel and brings together an intriguing blend of characters in her series. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Product Description
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Jake Mitchell and his partner Frank Travis get the case, along with their new partner Detective Sergeant Sam Casey who is not the usual police officer. She has inherited a gift from her mother and grandmother. Sam's mom Abby is a Sioux medicine woman, and they both have the ability to speak to the dead. Sam knows facts that no one else knows.
The body that was encased in cement was that of a solider from the Korean War who was reported AWOL and in his hand was a lighting bolt pin, which when Sam touched, she saw dozens of lighting bolt shapes. She also saw body parts lying in a field. Sam felt a cold wave go up her body and the hair raise than the vision ended. Sam remembers that she saw another lighting bolt pin in a safe of State Representative Preston Hillard when she was under cover at his home. Hillard claims to know nothing about the pin and never knew the dead man. Sam finds out that her dad had one in his jewelry box. What do the solider and her father have to do with each other? Sam must uncover the facts even though her own boss Murphy has closed the case for good.
WHEN THE DEAD SPEAK is a fast-paced, topsy-turvy ride that mixed with humor and a little loving along the way will keep you enthralled all the way through the book. I really liked the fact that mixed into the pot is some Native American Culture, which made the book even more tantalizing. I can hardly wait for the next Sam Casey mystery to come out. Expect great things from this author.
Cindy Penn, Reviewer
The action-packed story weaves together sub-plots involving illegal gambling in high social circles, historic racism in the supposedly integrated US Army in Korea, and police departments' eternal political struggles. And, if that's not enough to hook readers, Sam very reluctantly falls in love with another cop -- one who seems to be out to get her kicked off the force. Tooley's characters are memorable -- even minor ones like the big-breasted blackjack dealer who mesmerizes male gamblers.
This book will leave you wanting to know more -- about bodies that can turn to soap, race relations in the 1950s Army, Sioux medicine women, and especially Sam Casey.
The police have a two-decade old murder mystery on their hands. The victim is Harvey Wilson, an African-American who reportedly went AWOL during the Korean conflict. Harvey held a gold pin in his hand. The lightning bolt-shaped jewelry is identical to that owned by Sam's father and a state senator. As the clues pile up and the case turns into something much more complex than simple murder, the police get closer to the resolution. However, someone wants the investigation ended and will do anything to deflect it.
WHEN THE DEAD SPEAKS, the debut Sam Casey novel, is an action-packed mystery that will garner much attention from fans who enjoy a police procedural with a twist. The characters make the novel. Sam is a fine investigator whose extra talent aids her on her cases and cleverly provides readers a glimpse into the life of the victim. The support cast augments the non-stop action by bringing depth to the story line. Readers need to provide adequate time to complete this tale in one sitting because NOTHING ELSE MATTERS except finishing S.D. Tooley's first novel.
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I was hoping for better from this book, but it never materialized. There are too many characters, not enough development of main characters, and it is never explained why the dead... Read morePublished on Feb. 7 2004 by shelliecat
I was hoping for a lot more from this book based on the review ratings and was somewhat disappointed. How Sam Casey ever made it through the police academy is beyond me. Read morePublished on Jan. 10 2004 by BlueFlamingo
After reading the reviews, I had high expectations for this series. I found the author's style very disjointed and unpleasant to read. Read morePublished on Dec 10 2003
Sam Casey is a wonderful character! The story was interesting, the characters (Jake, Abby, Alex, Frank) were deep and fascinating, the mystery held your attention until the last... Read morePublished on Aug. 19 2002 by Jenn
WHEN THE DEAD SPEAK is a fast-paced, topsy-turvy ride that mixed with humor and a little loving along the way will keep you enthralled all the way through the book. Read morePublished on Oct. 2 2000 by Pamela Stone
Sam Casey is a new character to keep your eyes on. This book is great, with a strong lead character, good plot and mystery, and just enough Native American mysticism to make it... Read morePublished on Aug. 4 2000 by M.V.
From the fast paced opening scene of a truck swerving into a concrete pillar disclosing a mummy to the gambling party at a politician's house, to the security guards at the same... Read morePublished on June 11 2000 by Amazon Customer
Sandra Tooley has created a great heroine in Sam Casey. Multi-faceted because of her Indian heritage, Sam faces the challenge of a mysterious murder and a new man in her life in a... Read morePublished on July 9 1999