Nick Vasile

With Tony Tedeschi, my collaborator on "A Member of the Family."

Crime Novels

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One of my favorite books of the more than 80 I’ve written is A Member of the Family. It’s based upon a true story lived by a dear friend, Nick Vasile, who’d been a Washington DC vice squad cop, restaurant owner, and private detective whose primary client was one of New York’s five major crime families.

Originally, it was intended to be a non-fiction account of the tale Nick lived, but the leader of the crime family informed Nick that he wasn’t happy about it (he was serving a life sentence at the time). So, we shifted gears, used the real story as the basis for a novel, changed its setting from New York to Washington, and went to work.

This proved to be one of the most productive and enjoyable collaborations of my career, not only because Nick was such a great guy, but because another friend, writer and novelist Tony Tedeschi, joined the team and brought to the writing process a wonderful creative dimension. The nature of the story gives the title a nice double meaning; Tony came up with it.

The reviews were outstanding, many citing A Member of the Family as a natural for Hollywood. Nick died a few years ago, but if a film is ever made, I’m sure he’ll wrangle a pass to come to the preview.

Selected Works

For anyone who aspires to a writer's career, this book is a must-read.
Available Now
"With shades of The Manchurian Candidate hanging over the entire story, Experiment in Murder takes on the subject of hypnosis and creating unknowing murderers. "
Murder, She Wrote
When competing restaurants open in Cabot Cove, Jessica must track down who killed one of the chefs.
Jessica Fletcher is invited to ring in the New Year with British aristocracy. Too bad someone’s about to end the life of the party....
Jessica investigates a cast and crew of suspects when someone is found dead on a movie set.
My Favorite Book
Madness and mayhem during Prohibition.
Republished
My book of 35 years ago, "Coffee, Tea or Me? was reissued spring 2003, with a new foreword.
Remarkable Tale
A Cold War cult classic, once again available to the reading public.