Night Life

Forge. Mar. 2015. 336p. ISBN 9780765374837. $25.99; ebk. ISBN 9781466843431. F
Michael Cassidy is a World War II veteran from an affluent background who has an erratic ability to foretell the future in his dreams. Known throughout New York City for throwing a fellow police officer out of a window, he is not your typical detective. When Cassidy and his partner are hampered by FBI agents while investigating the gruesome murder of a male chorus dancer, the two wonder why the Feds would get involved. More deaths follow, and a narrative unfolds that ultimately leads Cassidy to question the veracity of those closest to him as he uncovers a devastating secret involving those in the highest of places.
VERDICT Set against the backdrop of the Cold War and the rising power of Sen. Joseph McCarthy, this debut novel's atmosphere is suffused with paranoia and bitterness. With a strong opening and definite sense of place, Taylor has much to offer as a writer. Unfortunately, the novel is weighed down with too many competing story lines and Cassidy's prescient dreams feel out of place in this noir police procedural.

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