Michael O’Keefe on creating crime fiction

March 23, 2020

Michael O’Keefe is a retired 1st Grade Detective from the NYPD. For twenty-four years, he worked in the toughest neighborhoods in New York, specializing in investigating Homicides and other violent crimes. He was born and raised on the mean streets described in his fiction. His characters and settings are drawn from the people he encountered there—on both sides of the law. oOf interest to the podcast is the fact he was raised around the men who would become involved in the Pizza Connection case and this will be the subject of a multi-episode piece on the podcast next month. Mike’s first full-length novel is Shot to Pieces and it was published this last year. This novel will be the first of a series about his fictional character based on his own life and career, Paddy Durr. He is presently near completion on two others. He lives on Long Island with his family, where he writes a little, and practices the ancient martial arts of lawn, and swimming pool maintenance—when he is not coaching football.

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