“Last Dance pulled me in and wouldn’t let go. The writing shines like broken glass. The story is fresh, sharp, and haunting.” —Meg Gardiner, Edgar Award–winning author of The Dark Corners of the Night
Fiction/Mystery & Detective
A famous Russian ballerina lies dead in a downtown loft. No marks, no bruises. The suspects are many: spies, hit men, a gunrunner, and one of Hollywood’s most powerful and mysterious film producers. Detective Sam Carver becomes entangled in a perilous reignited Cold War between Moscow and Washington. He chases leads from Europe to Africa.
But Carver faces other demons, too. He is haunted by Dylan Cross, a killer who got away a year earlier. She knows his secrets, whispers to him in his dreams. His obsession with Dylan threatens his new case and his relationship with Lily Hernandez, a uniform cop who wants to work as his partner.
Last Dance explores dangers within and without, and how we reconcile the damage, love, and things lost, in a Los Angeles that is as tempting and alluring as it is cruel and sinister.
“The gruff and gravelly voice of Richard Ferrone matches the hard-boiled and unflinching homicide detective Sam Carver perfectly…Ferrone’s performance of Carver growls with the ferocity of a lion on the prow…[a] bravura presentation…Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award.” —AudioFile
“Carver is a complex, laconic, melancholy figure, and Fleishman…paints him in nuanced detail and lovely prose. Equally well evoked is the city itself. We’re deep in Raymond Chandler territory here, a land of mean streets and tarnished heroes.” —Seattle Times
"[A] standout detective novel…Last Dance also packs an emotional punch, with Detective Sam Carver exorcising demons and battling for relationships along the way. Last Dance is a highly satisfying mix of classic LA noir and international thriller.” —CrimeReads
“Jeffrey Fleishman…has created something special with his latest release…A unique blend of crime noir and espionage, almost as if Raymond Chandler and John le Carré had a baby. The writing is so descriptive and snappy it seems to just jump off the page at you as the story continues to twist and suspense keeps mounting…Last Dance was like a trip down memory lane. Time spent in modern-day LA with the feel of an old black-and-white Hollywood crime film. The mystery of the missing body will keep you guessing right up until the end and the finale of the story opens the door to Sam Carver’s past and will have you pining for the next title in this series.” —Criminal Element
Jeffrey Fleishman is a Pulitzer Prize finalist and longtime foreign correspondent. He has had postings in Rome, Berlin, and Cairo and has covered wars in Iraq, Libya, and Kosovo. He returned to America in 2014 and is Foreign editor of the Los Angeles Times. He has written three other novels, My Detective (the first Sam Carver book), Shadow Man, and Promised Virgins: A Novel of Jihad.