Wilson writer completes murder mystery trilogy

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David S. Hager has released the final volume in his Hollywood Noir trilogy, "1962: The Crimson Journal."

Hager is a member of the Wilson Writers Group. He and wife Sandra (nee Overton), a Wilson native and 1964 Fike High School graduate, have lived here since 2015. 

While living and working in Los Angeles as a working actor with roles in "Double Jeopardy" and "The West Wing," Hager met a Los Angeles police detective who was working studio security and cold cases in his retirement. They became friends and the detective learned of Hager's desire to write.  He told Hager of a cold case "everyone's afraid to touch."  

Hager got as many details as possible and began doing research.  It led to the first book in the trilogy, "1943: The Masked Marauder Murder Case," a decade later. 

Since moving to Wilson, Hager has completed the trilogy and is now looking forward to different genres or subjects to explore.  The first book is also being turned into a screenplay with the aid and collaboration of a North Carolina-based film director. 

 "The investigation pulls together numerous character types populating the emerging, powerful and very protective motion picture industry in the middle quartiles of the 20th century," Hal Tarleton, a columnist and former editor of The Wilson Times, wrote in a review. "This culture leads to a subjugation of women as housewives or sex objects with few other career options. Women and sex play their own roles as women begin to flow into professional jobs, including the Los Angeles Police Department and, in some cases, exploit their sexuality for their own gain. This culture is also ripe with misogyny and homophobia, and Hager does not flinch from examining all aspects of the culture."

 "The Crimson Journal" is a self-published, 496-page paperback that retails for $19.95 on Amazon.com.

Hager will read from his latest work at 7 p.m. Oct. 21 at the Wilson County Public Library alongside fellow Wilson Writers Group author Ron Taylor.  It's the start of a new series of local authors reading their work and signing books for the public. 

Anyone interested in writing is invited to come and ask questions during the writers' Q&A session. Copies of both authors' books will be available for purchase.