When the Dead Speak (Sam Casey Mystery) and over one million other books are available for Amazon Kindle. Learn more

Vous voulez voir cette page en français ? Cliquez ici.

Have one to sell? Sell yours here
Start reading When the Dead Speak (Sam Casey Mystery) on your Kindle in under a minute.

Don't have a Kindle? Get your Kindle here, or download a FREE Kindle Reading App.

When the Dead Speak: A Sam Casey Mystery [Mass Market Paperback]

S. D. Tooley , Sandra Tooley
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)

Available from these sellers.


Formats

Amazon Price New from Used from
Kindle Edition CDN $0.99  
Hardcover, Large Print --  
Paperback CDN $18.75  
Mass Market Paperback --  

Book Description

May 2000 Sam Casey Mysteries
The body of a U.S. soldier reported AWOL during the Korean War is found encased in a concrete pillar in a suburb of Chicago. Sam Casey has an advantage over other cops: the dead speak to her, tell her secrets about their life and death. But sometimes what she learns can get her killed. The first in the Sam Casey series combines an age-old murder, political intrigue, and Native American mysticism.

Customers Who Bought This Item Also Bought


Product Details


Product Description

Review

"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

From the Publisher

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.

Inside This Book (Learn More)
Browse and search another edition of this book.
Explore More
Concordance
Browse Sample Pages
Front Cover | Copyright | Excerpt | Back Cover
Search inside this book:

Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5 stars
4.4 out of 5 stars
Most helpful customer reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars Very confusing and lacking in suspense Feb. 8 2004
Format:Mass Market Paperback
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 man is found in a concrete pillar. It is all tied to the Korean War, too far back in history to elicit a strong response from me. I won't be looking for more from this author.
Was this review helpful to you?
Format:Mass Market Paperback
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. She doesn't think anything through. The villains are smarter than she is. Jake seems more interested in Sam's mom Abby. The chapters are broken out strangely and there are some horrible grammatical errors. The overall idea of someone being able to speak to the dead is a fantastic one, but little is done to flesh out the concept other than some minor(and very typical) "psychic" touching of objects stuff.
Was this review helpful to you?
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
After reading the reviews, I had high expectations for this series. I found the author's style very disjointed and unpleasant to read. There were far too many characters and far too little character development. The book would have been better if the author had focused on a few of the characters and worked on polishing them more.
Was this review helpful to you?
4.0 out of 5 stars More, more! Aug. 19 2002
By Jenn
Format:Mass Market Paperback
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 page. The narrative did tend to be a bit disjointed at times to smooth over jagged bits of the plot, and some of the secondary characters were sketchy, but all in all I'd say this one is a must have!!!
Was this review helpful to you?
5.0 out of 5 stars A Fast-Paced, Topsy-Turvy Ride Oct. 11 2000
Format:Hardcover
It started with a wreck in Chasen Heights, a mainly blue collar town on the Southern border of Lake Michigan just fifteen miles north of Chicago. A corvette cuts off a semi on the expressway and causes the semi to hit the center medium and jack knive, exposing enough concrete all the way up to the cement pillar where it connected to the overpass. Enough concrete had broken away to expose mummified remains, perfectly preserved.
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.
Was this review helpful to you?
5.0 out of 5 stars A GREAT READ Oct. 2 2000
Format:Mass Market Paperback
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.
Was this review helpful to you?
5.0 out of 5 stars A great new series!! Aug. 4 2000
By M.V.
Format:Hardcover
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 really interesting. Strong secondary characters really help carry this book through to the end. If you enjoy Thomas Perry, then S.D. Tooley needs to go on your to be read list.
Was this review helpful to you?
5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting new heroine June 11 2000
Format:Hardcover
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 party, this debut novel takes you on a ride.
Sam Casey, half native american medicine woman, police sergeant in a Chicago suburb, loves her job and does it well. She receives images from objects handled by the dead, or about to be dead. In this case, the corpse is clutching a lightning bolt shaped pin, the twin of which is in the safe of the politician hosting the high stakes gambling party. The man has been dead for 20 years, but he had gone missing in Korea, 20 years before that. What is the connection between the corpse in the pillar, the politician, and Sam's own past?
The characters are fun and the pace is fast. If you like to be entertained and don't object to a little mysticism, try this book.
Was this review helpful to you?
Want to see more reviews on this item?
ARRAY(0xb19696cc)

Look for similar items by category


Feedback