I’m so excited to introduce a new Reed Ferguson mystery! Farewell, My Deuce is the fourth novel in the acclaimed Reed Ferguson mystery series.
Life and the detecting business are running smoothly for private eye Reed Ferguson, until one of the Goofball Brothers goes missing. Reed leads the search and soon discovers Deuce’s connection to some unscrupulous characters. As Reed learns more about Deuce’s activities, the clues point to intrigue, danger and death. But will Reed find his friend alive, or will it be “Farewell, My Deuce.”
Here’s a QA with the author
Tell us about the Reed Ferguson mystery series:
I love writing this series. Reed Ferguson started as a wannabe private eye with a love of film noir and detective fiction, but he’s now become a more seasoned detective. Reed has bits of me in him (I won’t tell you what lol), and I love incorporating film noir and movie trivia into the books. It’s been fun taking a private detective from his first case and seeing him grow with each book. But writing a series also presents challenges because you want to keep the characters and plot fresh.
Why A Mystery Series?
I’ve read mysteries since I was a kid. My favorite was The Hardy Boys, and then in high school I started reading a lot of mystery series: Rex Stout’s Nero Wolfe, Ngaio Marsh, and more. I also read and loved the James Bond series. In college I branched out to more hard-boiled authors, and the groundbreaking mystery series by Sue Grafton. I’m a fan of Dennis Lehane, Michael Connelly, Robert Crais, James Lee Burke, Mary Willis Walker, Parnell Hall, Lawrence Block, Lee Child and more. I do think series characters get stale, so I’m always looking for fresh new stories and new authors. I’ve met all but one of the authors listed (James Lee Burke being the exception), and they’ve all had valuable insights into the writing craft. If a budding author has never been to a writing conference, I would recommend going – it’s a wonderful experience.
Where Does The Title Farewell, My Deuce Come From?
It’s a play on Raymond Chandler’s Farewell, My Lovely. Each novel in the series has a reference to movies, either a play on another film noir title, or a movie term. And let me tell you, the more I write in the series, the more challenging that becomes.
Have You Always Been A Film Noir Fan?
Actually, no. I’ve been a fan of old films since I was in high school, but I didn’t know a lot of film noir until I created Reed Ferguson. I was looking for a different twist on why someone would become a detective and it was then that I read more about film noir. Now I’ve become a film noir buff, and I do a lot of research on film noir for the books. And that means I get to watch a lot of great films :).
What’s Next For Reed Ferguson?
I’ve got the threads of a new story rolling around in my head, so I’m going to work on that shortly. In this new age of publishing, readers expect books to come a lot faster than in the old days, and it can be difficult to crank out quality stories quickly…but hopefully I’ll have the next novel available soon.
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