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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite
Beneath A Dancing Star is an intense work of murder, historical and suspenseful fiction penned by author Michael Casey. Written for adults due to its dramatic themes and occasionally graphic content, we find ourselves at the harrowing tail end of the First World War, where Europe’s resources and men are severely depleted. In 1917, Corporal Fallon Killrain arrives in France with a terrifying passion for blood after his excellent military record for killing in China and the Dominican Republic. Killrain traverses both the muddy battlefields and the dark, shady cafes of France, comparing the new life and culture blossoming there to the devastation of the lands all around him.
Painting a delicious yet gory noir portrait of the Great War that captivated and destroyed half the world, author Michael Casey takes the historical and atmospheric components of his novel very seriously. Fallon Killrain is an excellent foil through which to view the world, keeping us readers fresh to the reality of death and killing happening every single day on a massive scale as his own tense mystery unfolds. The historical figures playing their parts along the way have much to teach about interwar culture and its development, catching them just as their incredible philosophies for the future are about to expound. There is a certain grim romance in the portrayal of France itself, which comes alive as its own character through the masterful writing skills at play. Overall, I would definitely recommend Beneath A Dancing Star as a superb and intense historical noir work.