David Thayer

David Thayer was born in Niagara Falls, New York. After moving to Long Island he took up residence in New York City, first in the Bronx, then in the Village, later in Chelsea. In between he spent four years In Europe before relocating to the west coast. Prior to the digital revolution David saved boxes of paper manuscripts every time he moved but now he’s settled down in front of a screen and saves work with the touch of a button.

BLACK FOREST is a historical thriller introducing Arthur Murray, an ex OSS man who is back in the States after the war. An Israeli agent is after a former Nazi scientist currently employed on the Redstone rocket program; Abigail Drew works deep cover and draws Arthur into a web of intrigue that threatens to engulf him and everyone he holds dear.

KILLER IN A BOX, RED MOUNTAIN, AND THE WORKING DEAD form a trilogy of novels featuring Armand DiPino and Mickey Reidel, police detectives who inhabit the gray area between good and evil struggling to decide which is which.

David and his wife Diane live in Seattle where gray areas are a local specialty.

Book(s) By David Thayer


1. Could you tell us a little bit about yourself?

I grew up in the New York area. My first job was an insurance investigator in Lower Manhattan. I've lived and worked in Germany, England, and Belgium. I am married and we live near Seattle.

2. Describe your book ‘Black Forest (Arthur Murray Thrillers)’ in 30 words or less. 

"Black Forest" is a time and place thriller. The setting is New York in the early 60s so the cold war is raging and the city is on edge.

3. What was the hardest part of writing your book?

The hardest part was making sure that I wrote the characters the way they would be fifty years ago. People spoke to one another in more formal ways in those days. Otherwise there were numerous details of everyday life to keep straight.

4. What books have had the greatest influence on you?

A lot of books have influenced me including crime fiction written by Dennis Lehane, Elmore Leonard, SJ Rozan, Megan Abbott, Robert Crais. 

5. Briefly share with us what you do to market your book?

Marketing is hit and miss. I am using some paid sites but I've decided that results vary on a wild range.

6. How do you spend your time when you are not writing?

I have a consulting practice to keep me busy.

7. What are you working on next?

I'm working on the sequel to Black Forest, a novel called Too Beautiful to be Working Nights. It will be released in October 2013.

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