The Blank Page

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Mario Balzic, the protagonist, is an atypical detective, a Serbo-Italian American cop, and a middle-aged, unpretentious, family man who asks questions and uses more sense than force.

As the novel opens, it is a record-hot Memorial Day when Miss Cynthia Summer calls Police Chief Mario Balzic to say that she hadn't seen one of her student roomers. Balzic discovers Janet Pisula's body on the floor of her room and a blank sheet of typing paper on her stomach.

It is the third book in the 17-volume Rocksburg series.


  • Demarest, David P. (1976). From These Hills, From These Valleys: Selected Fiction about Western Pennsylvania. Pittsburgh: University of Pittsburgh Press. ISBN 0-8229-1123-X.