Michael Cassidy thriller series by David C. Taylor. Released 1st May 2019 by Severn, it's 304 pages and available in hardcover, paperback, and ebook formats.
This is a noir thriller set in 1956 New York City. The book resonates with period detail and atmosphere. The author is a masterful storyteller, and this book was a seriously enjoyable read. Though it's the third in the series, it works quite well as a standalone. I enjoyed it and had no trouble keeping up with the plotting or characters. I definitely intend to go back and read the previous books, however, especially prior to the next book(s) in the series.
The author compares quite favorably to Chandler, Ellroy, Cain, Spillane and the rest of them and readers looking for an authentic 1950s gritty noir experience will enjoy this series. Happily Mr. Taylor is still relatively young and prolific, we're lucky to enjoy his stories, hopefully for a very long time to come.
Five stars. Especially recommended for fans of thriller noir/gritty police procedurals.
Disclosure: I received an ARC at no cost from the author/publisher for review purposes.