With a pulse-pounding murder plot and a protagonist caught between police and Mafia ties, Night Life is the first in a transporting historical crime fiction series set in 1950s New York City.
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.
"Keith Szarabajka ferries listeners back to McCarthy-era New York City with such authenticity that they may start seeing their surroundings in black and white.... A delightful pairing of narrator and story makes Night Life a superb audiobook." (AudioFile)
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Terrific noir mystery
- Jeremy D. Cohen
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.