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New York City, 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 United States intelligence agency, and the bodies of murdered young men are turning up all over 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.
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By Jeremy D. Cohen on 05-07-16
Terrific noir mystery
I enjoyed this mystery very much. The characters were fleshed out, dialogue was credible, the story kept me hooked, and the historical aspect was interesting - specifically regarding the political atmosphere of the Red Scare, but also in general through the depiction of life in NYC in 1950's. I will seek out more written by Mr. Taylor (and narrated by Mr. Szarabajka - fantastic).
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By Linda on 01-29-16
Where does Night Life rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?
This is apparently the first title in a new series of crime fiction set in the 1905s, and Night Life is a stunning start. Taylor, apparently, isn't a babe in the woods even though this seems to be his first novel. (Or the first one published under his own name.) But he's been a busy guy. It looks like he's written thrillers before, but as a script writer for film and TV. And he produced some documentaries, including one about Graham Greene. What's fascinating about this book is not only the gorgeous writing, but the level of expertise/research. He apparently knows everything there is to know about New York in the 50s, police behavior, loading cargo ships, management of the Waldorf Astoria and Broadway gypsies -- and that's just for starters. What a BOOK. Thank you Jessie Kornbluth, who recommended it.
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