Cicero's Dead

Fiction - Thriller - General
268 Pages
Reviewed on 11/13/2014
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Author Biography

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.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite

Cicero's Dead is a hard-boiled detective mystery written by Patrick H. Moore. Nick Crane is a private investigator working from his home in the hills outside Los Angeles. He's been hired by Jade Lamont, a young heiress, who's been unable to reach her brother, Richard. Jade's father, Cicero, was killed in a hit-and-run accident, and her mother committed suicide not long thereafter. Richard's all Jade has, and it's been three weeks since she's spoken to him. Jade suggests that Nick start by speaking with Ron Cera, one of Richard's friends and Jade's former lover. Ron is frightened and getting ready to leave town. He tells Nick that Richard's gotten involved with Arnold Clipper, a psychotic sadist, who has given Ron 48 hours to help them find Jade.

Patrick H. Moore's detective story, Cicero's Dead, is exciting and fast-paced. Nick Crane is the perfect hard-boiled detective even if he does come with a wife and young daughter. Moore makes this detective story come alive with his characterizations of this iconic private eye and his crew: Audrey, Bobby and Brad. The plot is finely drawn and filled with action and suspense. I particularly enjoyed watching Nick's team working together and planning strategies, especially those scenes where they're based out of Bobby's house, complete with electrified fencing and pet goats. Bobby is a Vietnam vet suffering from PTSD, and Moore's coverage of Bobby and Nick's working partnership is inspired. There are also some marvelous scenes where Nick gets into it with some police detectives who are itching to blame him for something, but can't seem to get it right. I had so much fun reading Cicero's Dead. It's first-rate hard-boiled detective fiction, and it's most highly recommended.

Paul Johnson

Things didn't go easy for Cicero Lamont. Cicero was a drug merchant dealing in massive quantities of drugs and making huge profits. But, he also made a lot of enemies. Yes, things didn't go easy for Cicero when one night he was slammed in a hit-and-run. Or, at least that’s what private detective Nick Crane is told when meeting a prospective client. Cicero’s daughter, Jade, is at her wits' end. First there was Cicero’s hit and run; then she learns that her mom committed suicide, and now her brother, Richie, is missing. Jade hires Nick to find Richie and to track down whoever murdered their father. Nick soon discovers that something isn't quite right about the death of her father, and possibly the suicide of her mother. And, that is just the tip of the iceberg. Nick also learns that there is money, a lot of money, at stake and a host of criminals looking to get their hands on it. And his troubles start there as he and his associates' lives are quickly in jeopardy. Can he solve the case before harm can come to his client, and his family and friends? Only time will tell.

Cicero’s Dead by Patrick H. Moore is a very well written private detective story. I was a little surprised at the beginning with the protagonist Nick Crane. Yes a private detective, but also a family man. Things were a little slow at first, but as the suspense began to build so did the action. The author also introduced a varied group of supporting characters with diverse backgrounds that helped move the story along very nicely. This book has it all; strong characters, great dialogue, and a superior plot. A very good read indeed.

Patricia Reding

Jade's father dies, then her mother commits suicide. Worried for her brother, Richie, whom she cannot locate and with whom she is to share her father's $30 million estate, Jade engages the services of private investigator, Nick Crane, in Cicero's Dead by Patrick H. Moore. Nick enlists the assistance of his friend, Bobby Moore, a somewhat troubled soul, "225 pounds of rock-hard Vietnam vet, with an in-your-face attitude, who wears shorts 300 days a year showing off thick hairy thighs, and a titanium prosthesis, courtesy of a Vietcong Dole pineapple mine." Nick learns that Cicero, well known to have been drug dealing, did not die in the manner in which the reports indicated. Further, though Richie is found, the company he keeps, one Arnold Clipper, is of concern, as Clipper controls Richie, emotionally manipulating the impressionable and needy young man. Add in the family attorney, James Halladay, who may have an agenda of his own, a friend of Jade and Richie's who is murdered during the course of the investigation, complicated interpersonal relationships, and believable and engaging dialogue, and you have the makings of a great story.

Patrick H. Moore's Cicero's Dead will keep you turning pages. Indeed, I was able to tick off all the points of a story well-told with this one: (1) I enjoyed my time reading and did not want to put the book down; (2) I looked forward to continuing whenever the opportunity presented itself; (3) I was led through an engaging tale, complete with sometimes sympathetic, sometimes despicable characters to a satisfying conclusion; and (4) I will look forward to reading more of Moore's work. If you are longing for an engaging adventure, well told, look no further than Cicero's Dead.