We are delighted to welcome author David C. Taylor to CrimeFiction.FM’s digital interview booth today.
David’s new novel is NIGHT LIFE (Forge Books, March 2015 hardcover and ebook formats), the first title in a new historical crime fiction series set in 1950s New York.
NIGHT LIFE delivers a pulse-pounding murder plot surrounding complex protagonist and war veteran Detective David Cassidy, who finds himself caught between police and mafia ties. The author uses his vast experience writing for TV and film to make the vivid, old-time New York setting come alive in some very interesting ways.
We recently had the opportunity to spend some time with David to talk more about the book.
CFFM: Introduce us to your series lead, Michael Cassidy.
David: Cassidy is a New York cop from a background that does not usually lead to the police force. His father reached the States as a teenage refugee from Russia and is now a successful Broadway producer. His mother’s family was here early enough to help tie up the Mayflower. His godfather is a well known New York gangster.
CFFM: What is it about him that appeals to you as a writer?
David: Cassidy has an instinctive sense of justice. He has a passport to many different groups in society but is both an insider and an outsider in all of them. The character continues to surprise me as I write him.
CFFM: Why did you choose 1954 New York as the setting for your new series?
David: It’s a time in the city that I remember well and that I loved.
David: It is historical crime fiction, noir, but it is also a book about the pressures and currents that push and pull within a family. And it is a story, like many others, about the tendency of power to corrupt.
CFFM: Historical crime fiction requires a willingness to do extensive research. What did you learn that surprised you during the research phase of NIGHT LIFE?
DAVID: I learned how useful Google can be (more…)