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Ordinary Suicide

Ordinary Suicide follows the story of Jack Dillon, a former cop turned private detective. Opening at the 1964 World’s Fair in New York, things quickly turn sour for Dillon. As a result of a ‘fight or flight’ reaction, Dillon finds himself at the centre of a murder case involving two police officers.

After a rather explosive first few chapters, I was hooked. Dillon begins a remarkable journey in which the reader feels wholly immersed and along for the ride. This journey would lead him across the world, from Hawaii to Indochina in search of answers. Throw in a quest to track down the theft of a prized jade necklace, and you have a story-line reminiscent of an Ian Fleming novel.

Along the way, Dillon ends up arresting a woman for murder known as ‘Deja’. Somewhat predictably, the two fall in love before things turn sour yet again for our protagonist. Rice creates Dillon as a likeable character, and you can’t help rooting for him throughout.

Dillon’s journey is eventful, to say the least, and there are so many moments in this book where I felt that this guy just has the worst luck. Action-packed with murders, suicides and even a plane crash, I was particularly enthralled to read about the arm eating shark. This book really does have it all, and Rice has a wonderful ability to maintain the momentum throughout.

The standout chapter for me was the plane crash mentioned above. Somehow in just a few short pages, Rice manages to capture the complete devastation and feeling I could only hope never to experience. It’s not often that words from a page really get my adrenaline going, but this managed it fantastically.

Ordinary Suicide is very easy to read, and I found myself finishing it in just a few sittings. All killer, no filler in terms of content. Rice has an incredible ability to engage his audience and keep them on the edge of their seats.

I loved the crime and history angle and as the story features some real-life events, has an air of authenticity about it. For me, the most important thing is that I was hooked from the start. When it comes to reading, I can sometimes have little patience for novels that start off at a snail’s pace, and this certainly didn’t.

Pages: 236 | ASIN: B084DGQ7Z2

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From That Truism

Robert D. Rice II Author Interview

Robert D. Rice II Author Interview

Burn Marks is a collection of fictional short stories that give readers a unique perspective on historical events. Why was this an important collection for you to write?

  1. Fort Worth Star: The public only saw and heard about what Lee Harvey did. Nobody ever got to feel how Mrs. Oswald absorbed it.
  2. Ethel: The public heard and read what the government said she did. No one got to hear Ethel’s side of it.
  3. The Jumper: Sure, we know the skyjacker jumped from the plane with the money. What about that which his daughter went through.
  4. The Conductor: Of course, there were sympathetic whites in the south who opposed slavery. Her was one who had his own solution.
  5. It went without saying, Leopold & Loeb were the worst of the worst. What about a young women, hanging out with them, who was just as bad?

The stories are all engaging and well developed. Did you write them over time or did you write them specifically for this collection?

Each story is the result of an individual thought process. It was not until the last story was completed when I realized the similarities; the letters. That was when I decided to make a book from them. The first story that I did was about Ethel Rosenberg. For the longest time, I had been fascinated by how Ethel Rosenberg maintained her silence. She was eventually offered a deal by the prosecution: tell on your husband, Julius, spend minimal prison time, then be reunited with your children. She remained stedfast, silent. From that truism I was compelled to speak for her. When “Ethel” was completed, I knew that I had to venture out and speak for others who historians recorded differently.

My favorite story from the collection is Deja’ Blue. What is your favorite story from the collection?

Ethel is my favorite. For me, there is something nice, almost romantically innocent, about writing to Santa Claus in the face of the hardships that she suffered through. In a somewhat odd way, I found myself relating to that type of pen pal relationship—comforted in a canal of calm while in the center of a whirlwind chaotic storm.

What is the next book that you are working on and when will it be available?

I am working on a sequel to Burn Marks. Jack, Siobhan and Deja resurface. What is easy about the sequel is that readers need not have read Burn Marks to grasp the full flavor of my second book.

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Burn Marks: A strange time for letters by [II, Robert D. Rice]Here are five fast-moving short stories that offer a delightfully humorous and insightful view of famous events in American history.

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