An interview (and giveaway) with David C. Taylor, author of Night Life

Please welcome David C. Taylor to the blog! Night Life came out in March, and David kindly answered a few of my questions about it, and more!

Also, I’ve got 3 copies of Night Life to give away, so be sure to enter to win below the post!

Will you tell us a little about your new book, Night Life, and what inspired you to write it?
“Night Life” is a noir thriller set in New York City in 1954 during the time of the Senator McCarthy with hunts for communists in America. It was the height of the Cold War and a time when the CIA and the FBI were fighting to see which agency would control the Intelligence work for the U.S. government. A series of murders ties these strands together in the novel.

Why do you think readers will connect with Michael Cassidy?
Michael Cassidy is not a typical New York cop. His father is a successful Broadway theater producer. His godfather is Frank Costello, one of the biggest gangsters in New York at the time. Cassidy is a complex man, vulnerable, easy to anger, with his own oblique view of justice.

Why did you choose to set a book in 1954, and what kind of research did you do for the novel?
I was raised in New York, and I remember the era well, thought I was young in 1954. Still, the city did not change much until the uproar of the late Sixties. The atmosphere, and physical aspects of the city were easy for me to recall. I spent time in the jazz clubs and in Time Square, and my father was a Broadway playwright, which gave me insight to that world. The research was mostly about specific places and political and historical events.

You have a screenwriting background, but have you always wanted to write novels? Will you tell us a little more about that progression?
I started off writing short stories, realized I was going to starve doing it, went to Hollywood with the idea of staying for a couple of years, but life has a tendency to interfere with plans, so I remained in Hollywood for twenty some years before I could break away to go back to prose fiction.

Why mystery? What do you enjoy most about writing, and reading, in the genre?
I enjoy writing and reading propulsive stories that carry you along quickly. At the same time, genre writing does not limit one to a narrow focus. Every part of human experience is available.

If you could experience one book again for the first time, which one would it be?
“One Hundred Years Of Solitude” by Gabriel Garcia Marquez.

What’s next for you?
A second Michael Cassidy book will be published on April 1, 2016, and I am working on a third.

About Night Life:
Night Life is the first of a transporting historical crime fiction series from David C. Taylor.

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, author of Night Life, 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.
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