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Author Discussion & Signing with David Hagerty

Author Discussion & Signing


March 31, 2018

2:00 PM


David Hagerty

Stories about crimes have always resonated with me, whether it was Crime and Punishment or The Quiet American. Maybe it’s because I started my career as a police reporter, or because I worked for a time as a teacher in the county jail.

More than a decade ago, when I decided to finally get serious about writing, I started with short stories based on real misdeeds I’d witnessed. I wrote one about my next door neighbor, who’d been murdered by a friend, another about an ambitious bike racer who decides to take out the competition, and a bunch of others based on characters I met in jail.

Over time these got picked up by various magazines online and in print. More than a dozen now exist, with most of the latest in Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine and Big Pulp.

I am the author of the Duncan Cochrane series of political murder mysteries from Evolved Publishing. All three, They Tell Me You Are Wicked, They Tell Me You Are Crooked, and They Tell Me You Are Brutal. 

In book one, the time is 1978, and the setting is Chicago, where Richard Daley’s death has left the political machine grasping for a successor.  Into that vacuum steps Duncan Cochrane, a successful businessman with little political experience but with aspirations of becoming governor.  Six weeks before election day, Duncan awakes to find his daughter has been killed in her bed.  With a police investigation that seems to drag on aimlessly and time working against him, Duncan must use whatever power and influence he has to catch the killer and win the election.

The second book picks up two years later as Duncan is faced with a sniper in Chicago’s most notorious housing project, Cabrini Green. While hunting for this killer, he starts receiving blackmail letters threatening to reveal the family secret that could ruin his career.

Book three resumes another two years later as a saboteur kills five people with a pain reliever. Duncan must pursue this terrorist as he tries to contain a leak of his shameful family secret and run for reelection.


They tell me you are wicked, and I believe them, for I have seen your painted    

 women under the gas lamps luring the farm boys.

And they tell me you are crooked, and I answer: Yes, it is true I have seen the    

 gunman kill and go free to kill again.

And they tell me you are brutal, and my reply is: On the faces of women and    

 children I have seen the marks of wanton hunger.

from Chicago Poems by Carl Sandburg



They Tell Me You Are Brutal


Lies convict, but the truth condemns.

When five people die from tainted pain medication, Governor Duncan Cochrane must lead the investigation. The clues quickly point to sabotage, threatening all the citizens of Chicago.

Meanwhile, his son's drunken confession leaks to a journalist with an agenda. To protect his reputation and his family, Duncan keeps the boy by his side, yet he also needs to campaign for reelection.

Can he manage all three without sacrificing his family or his office?

A taut mystery blending politics with murder, "They Tell Me You Are Brutal" marks the third book in the "Duncan Cochrane" series by David Hagerty.

[Crime Thriller, Political Thriller, Murder Mystery]


Event date: 
Saturday, March 31, 2018 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm
Event address: 
7419 W. Madison Street
Forest Park, IL 60130
They Tell Me You Are Wicked (Duncan Cochrane #1) Cover Image
By David Hagerty, Darren Todd (Editor)
ISBN: 9781622536177
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Evolved Publishing - August 16th, 2015

They Tell Me You Are Crooked (Duncan Cochrane #2) Cover Image
By David Hagerty, Darren Todd (Editor)
ISBN: 9781622536191
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Evolved Publishing - August 15th, 2016

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