Killer Nashville’s Book of the Day / Saturday, April 14, 2012 / “The Ninth Man” by Brad Crowther

Today’s featured book is The Ninth Man by Brad Crowther.

The Ninth Man by Brad Crowther

The Ninth Man by Brad Crowther

Why I chose this book:

Debut novel. A modern mystery tied to the southern Civil War past. Well–written. Some of the diary sections, you’ll wonder if you’re reading fiction (it is). Book one in what will probably become a series.

The Ninth Man, a modern–day mystery set in Charleston, South Carolina, revolves around a fictional diary kept by a Union spy that explains the disappearance of the H.L. Hunley, a Confederate fishboat that became the world’s first successful combat submarine when it sank a Union ship blockading Charleston Harbor. Moze Cheddar, a descendant of the Union spy and an ex–special forces assassin, has found the long lost diary and wishes to keep its contents secret. However, a minister with a passionate interest in the Hunley has learned of the diary’s existence and comes to see Cheddar. Soon after, the minister is murdered, and thieves break into Cheddar’s cabin attempting to steal the diary. The attempt is unsuccessful, and Cheddar kills one of the thieves. Cheddar traces the thieves to the Charleston area, where he forms an uneasy alliance with Russ Berard, a retired Rhode Island police detective and son of the slain minister. Back home in Charleston after being gone for decades, Berard confronts old memories as he investigates his father’s murder and helps Cheddar try to determine who wants the diary badly enough to kill for it. The investigation leads to Berard’s first love, now married to a high school friend of Berard’s with Mafia connections who is intent on producing a reality show that will belittle the Hunley. In addition, murky and surprising connections between Cheddar and his foes are uncovered. Before Berard and Cheddar work their way through the web of deceit and family relationships, more people die.

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Remember that these books are listed at a discount through Amazon. You also don’t have to purchase the version that is featured here. Many of these books are available in multiple formats: e–book, hardcover, softcover, and audio. Enjoy!

– Clay Stafford, Founder of Killer Nashville


About Clay Stafford

Clay Stafford is an author / filmmaker ( and founder of Killer Nashville ( As a writer himself, he has over 1.5 million copies of his own books in print in over 14 languages. Stafford’s latest projects are the feature documentary “One of the Miracles” ( and the music CD “XO” ( A champion of writers, Publishers Weekly has identified Stafford as playing “an essential role in defining which books become bestsellers” throughout “the nation’s book culture.” (PW 6/10/13)
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