David Hagerty

Biography

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.

For my debut novel, "They Tell Me You Are Wicked," I drew inspiration from the most infamous event in the history of my hometown: the real life killing of a political candidate’s daughter (though I made up all the details). Now I am at work on a second volume in the series, set two years later, after my hero, Duncan Cochrane, has become governor. He’s haunted by the family secret that got him elected, and fighting a sniper who’s targeting children in Chicago.

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Books

They Tell Me You Are Brutal
Series: Duncan Cochrane. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 85,880. Language: American English. Published: December 4, 2017 by Evolved Publishing LLC. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller
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. [Crime Thriller, Political Thriller, Murder Mystery]
They Tell Me You Are Crooked
Series: Duncan Cochrane. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 87,620. Language: American English. Published: November 23, 2016 by Evolved Publishing LLC. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller, Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
Two years after the murder of Governor Duncan Cochrane's daughter, new threats emerge: a sniper in Chicago's most notorious housing project, and a blackmailer who plans to reveal his ruinous family secret. Fearful of exposure and desperate to save other people's children from the same fate as his own, he moves into the tenements and begins parallel manhunts for both enemies.
They Tell Me You Are Wicked
Series: Duncan Cochrane, Book 1. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 85,620. Language: American English. Published: August 22, 2015 by Evolved Publishing LLC. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller, Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
When Duncan Cochrane's daughter is murdered, the candidate for governor can only focus on finding her killer. As the police investigation follows a trio of unlikely leads, Duncan realizes that his best shot at justice is the bully pulpit of the campaign trail, so he returns to the race and makes crime fighting his mantra. [Crime Thriller, Political Thriller, Murder Mystery]

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