Cicero’s Dead by Patrick H. Moore
In this edgy detective thriller, Southern California heiress Jade Lamont is desperate to find her beloved brother Richard, who has vanished without a trace. To make matters worse, her father, Cicero Lamont, has just died under mysterious circumstances and her mother has committed suicide. In desperation, Jade turns to Nick Crane – an intense old school private detective with a big heart and a crack team of deputies. But even Nick doesn’t anticipate the dense web of evil and intrigue that has swallowed up Richard and threatens to claim him and Jade as its next victims.
Cicero’s Dead is as hard boiled as it is compassionate. Read it, and take a walk on the wild side.
Five Star Review on Amazon By Darcia Helle
Sometimes an author will come out of nowhere with a debut novel that blows me away. Patrick Moore with his novel Cicero’s Dead is one such instance.
What struck me first was the realism, both with the dialogue and the characters’ interactions. Moore perfectly captures all the nuances. The characters are each unique and well developed, with all the little quirks that make them feel human. The dialogue is perfection. Nothing feels stilted or forced. The flow is natural, always fitting well with the speaker.
The plot is intricate without being overly complicated. While this is largely a crime story, we’re also given little twists to build suspense.
I was hooked from start to finish, and I’m hoping Moore has plans for a second Nick Crane novel.
About the Author
Patrick H. Moore is a Los Angeles based Private Investigator, Sentencing Mitigation Specialist, and crime writer. He has been working in this field since 2003 and has worked in virtually all areas including drug trafficking, sex crimes, crimes of violence, and white-collar fraud.
“There’s no feeling quite like walking into a prison to consult with a client knowing that he or she is facing many long years behind bars, unless you can thread the needle and convince a skeptical Federal judge to give your guy or gal a second chance. Criminals are not known for putting a high priority on telling the truth; neither are cops and prosecutors.”
This is no easy task but mastering this job, which combines art, science and intuition, has given Patrick the tools to write realistic crime fiction that depicts the unpredictable and violent world of cops, convicts, prosecutors and defense attorneys.
Since February of 2013, Patrick has been running All Things Crime Blog, a true crime and crime fiction website, which is one of the most popular (if not the most popular) true crime blogs in the United States. What sets All Things Crime Blog apart from the competition is the high quality of the writing from its many excellent contributors, and Patrick’s idiosyncratic, personalized approach to writing about crime. This is not merely reporting the alleged facts; this is interpreting the facts and tying them in to our everyday experience as we attempt to survive in an increasingly hostile and terrifying world.
Patrick holds a Master’s degree in English Literature from San Francisco State University where he graduated summa cum laude in 1990. Prior to moving to Los Angeles, he was lead vocalist and played rhythm guitar for Crash Carnival, a San Francisco rock ‘n roll band, and experienced the “naked lunch” of life on the streets for the better part of two decades.
Cicero’s Dead, Patrick’s debut crime novel, will be followed in 2015 by The Mental Health Club, the second in the Nick Crane series.