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September 10, 2014

THE DYING DANCE by Ricardo M. Fleshman


A Detective Byone Novel
Book One
Ricardo M. Fleshman

The Dying Dance (A Detective Byone novel)

  (from Goodreads)

The Dying Dance is the story of retired New Orleans Police Department Detective turned Private Investigator Moses A Byone, self proclaimed skeptic of voodoo and the dark arts turned believer, who uncovers an underworld of darkness and betrayal in the shadows of the human heart as he searches to understand the death of a wealthy white lawyer from Pointe Coupee Parish, Louisiana.
On his journey to solve the case Mose discovers a mysterious silver box that may hold the secrets to the intricacies of the motivations in the darker human behaviors of greed, lust and power than he ever suspected and must find a way to protect not only himself, but his beautiful young Creole ward Lisette St Germain, lest they meet with their own gruesome demise. Filled with a wonderful cast of complex and unforgettable characters set against the alluring, grimy but mysterious backdrop of 1970's New Orleans, the story is sure to thrill and entertain as Mose searches to discover the truth of The Dying Dance.

Paperback, 142 pages
Published March 29th 2014 by Createspace (first published August 16th 2013)
ISBN 1497463416 (ISBN13: 9781497463417)
edition language English

Ricardo M. FleshmanRicardo M Fleshman began his writing career with the publishing of Further Proof That I Have Existed in 2002. He followed that with two additional collections of dark themed short fiction, long verse poetry and spoken word with the releases of The Goodbye Days (2003) and Miles From Nowhere (2005). The Dying Dance (2013)is the first in a series of detective crime novels set between his fictional town of Treighton Falls, VA and New Orleans, LA. The Dying Dance is followed by The Devil's Serum (2014) and The Cemetery Paintings (2014).
Ricardo is an avid reader, travels extensively with favorite destinations in the US South and international locations in Europe. He is fan of horror movies, dark art and "The Blues." He resides in Northern Virginia with his family where he continues to write more stories of Detective Moses A Byone. 

Even though this is a fast paced world, always hurry, hurry, it can seem that things are moving so slowly or not at all. The author wrote a very unique book. The plot gets you interested but at times it is hard to keep up with the fast pace of the book.  There is a bit of tough language used, not much.  The author got right to the point so you don't get tangled in the pages to find out what is happening. The minute you let your mind waver you wonder what is happening, so the reader must keep the pace. For me the pace was way too fast.  I wish the plot was slower so that when you hit the important parts you have time to take it in.  The characters are described quite well and you just know, you'll be remembering some of them for some time.
The setting, I believe, was very appropriate, a dirty and mystery filled,   1970's New Orleans.  So much can happen in New Orleans. It's like a world of it's own. I'll leave the rest to the reader.  Will Mose find the truth of THE DYING DANCE?

I received a complimentary copy of THE DYING DANCE from the author, Ricardo M. Fleshman for my view of the book.  No other compensation took place.

I would give this book 3 STARS.

The Devil's Serum (Detective Byone Book 2)  The Cemetery Paintings (Detective Byone, #3)

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