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Friday, April 17, 2015

A Brief Q&A With David Taylor, Author of Night Life




I had the chance to do a Q&A with David Taylor, author of Night Life, a historical crime novel set in the 1950s. Rather than ask the same old, same old, I try to limit Q&As to a brief number of questions that I would most want to answer. As a writer and editor for a few websites, I also know that time is a precious commodity, so I try to keep things simple.

Tracy - If you were inviting three authors, dead or alive, to join you for dinner, who would they be? 

David - Charles Dickens for the stories, Mark Twain for the wit, Hilary Mantel for the lapidary prose.

Tracy - Are you an author who needs silence when writing or do you have a list of preferred artists?

David - I do work in a quiet room, but there is often the delightful background music of my wife’s cello practice.

Tracy - If you were told you had to give up all but three books, what would they be?

David - “One Hundred Years Of Solitude” by Gabriel Garcia Marquez, “The Letters Of E.B. White”, “The Encyclopedia Britannica”.


Night Life, the first title in an electrifying new historical crime fiction series set in 1950's New York, delivers a pulse-pounding murder plot surrounding complex protagonist and war veteran Detective David Cassidy, who finds himself caught between police and mafia ties. Taylor uses his vast experience writing for TV and film to make the vivid, old-time New York setting come alive more than ever before.

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New York City in 1954. The Cold War is heating up. Senator Joe McCarthy is running a witch hunt for Communists in America. The newly formed CIA is fighting a turf battle with the FBI to see who will be the primary US intelligence agency. And the bodies of murdered young men are turning up in the city. Michael Cassidy has an unusual background for a New York cop. His father, a refugee from Eastern Europe, is a successful Broadway producer. His godfather is Frank Costello, a Mafia boss.

Cassidy also has an unusual way of going about the business of being a cop—maybe that’s why he threw a fellow officer out a third story window of the Cortland Hotel. Cassidy is assigned to the case of Alexander Ingram, a Broadway chorus dancer found tortured and dead in his apartment in Hell’s Kitchen. Complications grow as other young men are murdered one after the other. And why are the FBI, the CIA, and the Mafia interested in the death of a Broadway gypsy?

Meanwhile, a mysterious, beautiful woman moves into Cassidy’s building in Greenwich Village. Is Dylan McCue a lover or an enemy? Cassidy is plagued by nightmares—dreams that sometimes become reality. And he has been dreaming that someone is coming to kill him.

About the Author

DAVID C. TAYLOR was born and raised in New York City. He spent twenty years in Los Angeles writing for television and the movies. He has published short stories and magazine articles, and has had an Off-Broadway musical produced in New York. He now divides his time between Boston and the coast of Maine.

About Forge Books

 FORGE BOOKS, an imprint of Tom Doherty Associates, LLC, is a New York-based publisher of hardcover and softcover books, founded in 1993 and committed (although not limited) to thrillers, mysteries, historical fiction and general fiction. Forge includes books by bestselling and critically acclaimed authors such as Douglas Preston, Eric Lustbader, W. Bruce Cameron and Ralph Peters. Tom Doherty Associates, LLC, is also the home of award-winning Tor Books, which annually publishes what is arguably the largest and most diverse line of science fiction and fantasy ever produced by a single English-language publisher.


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