The Dying Dance - Ricardo Fleshman
When writing thrillers, it can be difficult to find the middle ground between suspenseful and unrealistic. Ricardo Fleshman obviously does not have that problem. Not only did I have trouble putting the book down once I started reading it, but on more than one occasion, I felt my anxiety rise as Mose found himself in yet another difficult position.
The characters were gloriously detailed -- yes I used the word gloriously. Fleshman's writing is so vivid that I had no trouble visualizing each and every character and scene. I felt as though I was in Louisiana -- and I've never been there before!
I absolutely loved the character of Armond and desperately wished to see more of him throughout the work. I'm hoping that he's a repeat character in future Mose books. I wanted to sit down and drink wine with him and Mose too!
I was extremely sad at Daniel's demise. I'm not sure if it was because the book starts out from his point of view, or if I was just attached to him as a character, but I very desperately wanted to know more about him and I was sad when Lisette moved on so quickly. But my disappointment strengthened my opinion of the book. Fleshman created characters that I was so attached to that I was upset at their passing. So bravo to him!
What excited me even more as I read this work was that with Fleshman's skills and the vast potential for suspense and intrigue in Louisiana, there is a world of possibilities waiting for Fleshman to explore with his Mose series. And quite frankly, I do plan to read them all.
Some Bio Information
Ricardo Fleshman is the author of the Detective Byone series. The Dying Dance (2013), The Devil’s Serum (2014) and The Cemetery Paintings (2014) are the first Detective Moses Byone novels that follows the detective through the dark and sinister cases set in 1970’s New Orleans, LA.
Ricardo is an avid reader, travels extensively with favorite destinations in the United States South and also international locations in South America and Europe. He is a fan of horror books and movies, dark art and "The Blues." He is a graduate of Lynchburg College in Virginia. He resides in Northern Virginia with his family where he continues to write more stories of Detective Moses Byone.
1. Who influences your writing the most? (not necessarily an author)
I think my influences have been private detectives of old, Sam Spade, Phillip Marlowe, Shaft (movie), Columbo (t.v. show) and writers Mickey Spillane, Dashielle Hammett, Raymond Chandler those all captivated me when I was young.
2. Daniel seems to have quite the mysterious past – is that another story?
Daniel’s story does have yet to be told and I have been mulling around it as an entire different series.
3. What prompted the setting in Louisiana?
The Vieux Carre- the French Quarter chose me- the city if so ripe with history and a distinctive culture all its own- it was very hard not to write something set there.
4. What led you to be a writer?
Reading so much when I was young and having that same need to tell the stories that were in my head. I wanted to see readers get as much satisfaction from my writing as I got from my favorite writers- that has not changed.
5. Favorite past time?
Reading- when I’m not writing, I read one sometimes two books a week.
6. Describe your ideal writing setting.
The city of New Orleans, in the Vieux Carre just before dawn.
7. What’s the most difficult part about being a writer?
Bringing the living characters, settings and stories that I have in my head to paper. Finding the right words to convey the story that is alive in my head is the most difficult part.