lights_out_summer_300Determined to become more than what he is now, Coleridge Taylor sets out to find the juiciest stories taking place in the world around him. He knows that doing so is risky. There are parts of the city no man—or woman, for that matter—should set foot in. Despite this fact, he’s willing to do everything possible to uncover the secrets behind the city’s most unexpected and unanswered murders. Somehow, some way, he’ll set all wrongs to right, or die trying in the process.

Rich has done it again. Lights Out Summer thrusts the reader into another of Taylor’s predicaments. This is a man—a reporter, no less—who’s willing to get down and dirty just to get the one scoop that will propel his career forward. His zest for doing what’s right while following such gory leads makes the reader root for him from start to finish.

It’s wonderful to see Rich broaden the world he’s created around this determined character. Taylor first started out as a wet-behind-the-ears reporter, unsure of where he was going and what he truly wanted to do. Finding the best stories to report is in his blood. It shows with every predicament he finds himself in. Mind you, not everything that happens to him is good. Nevertheless, he does everything possible to find his way out of the craziness that surrounds him.

I do wonder what Rich has in store for Taylor and Samantha. The chemistry between these two characters fly off the page. You can tell they truly care for one another and are willing to support each other whenever possible. It’s sometimes hard to see the pain and heartache they experience, but that’s what makes the book so good. The author has painted the emotions and situations these characters find themselves in so vividly that you can imagine yourself standing beside them as they dive deeper into the world around them.

If you have yet to experience this series, I truly recommend it. More, please!




In March 1977, ballistics link murders going back six months to the same Charter Arms Bulldog .44. A serial killer, Son of Sam, is on the loose. But Coleridge Taylor can’t compete with the armies of reporters fighting New York’s tabloid war—only rewrite what they get. Constantly on the lookout for victims who need their stories told, he uncovers other killings being ignored because of the media circus. He goes after one, the story of a young Black woman gunned down in her apartment building the same night Son of Sam struck elsewhere in Queens.

The story entangles Taylor with a wealthy Park Avenue family at war with itself. Just as he’s closing in on the killer and his scoop, the July 13-14 blackout sends New York into a 24-hour orgy of looting and destruction. Taylor and his PI girlfriend Samantha Callahan head out into the darkness, where a steamy night of mob violence awaits them.

In the midst of the chaos, a suspect in Taylor’s story goes missing. Desperate, he races to a confrontation that will either break the story—or Taylor.
Book 4 in the Coleridge Taylor Mystery series.




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_45D3397About The Author:

Rich Zahradnik is the award-winning author of the critically acclaimed Coleridge Taylor Mystery series (Lights Out Summer, A Black Sail, Drop Dead Punk, Last Words).

The first three books have been shortlisted or won awards in the three major competitions for novels from independent presses. A Black Sail was named winner in the mystery category of the 2017 Next Generation Indie Book Awards. Drop Dead Punk collected the gold medal for mystery ebook in the 2016 Independent Publisher Book Awards. Last Words won the bronze medal for mystery/thriller ebook in the 2015 IPPYs and honorable mention for mystery in the 2015 Foreword Reviews Book of the Year Awards.

“Taylor, who lives for the big story, makes an appealingly single-minded hero,” Publishers Weekly wrote of Drop Dead Punk.?? A Black Sail received a starred review from Library Journal, which said, “Fans of the late Barbara D’Amato and Bruce DeSilva will relish this gritty and powerful crime novel.”

Zahradnik was a journalist for 25-plus years, working as a reporter and editor in all major news media, including online, newspaper, broadcast, magazine and wire services. He held editorial positions at CNN, Bloomberg News, Fox Business Network, AOL and The Hollywood Reporter.

Zahradnik was born in Poughkeepsie, New York, in 1960 and received his B.A. in journalism and political science from George Washington University. He lives with his wife Sheri and son Patrick in Pelham, New York, where he writes fiction and teaches kids around the New York area how to write news stories and publish newspapers.






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