Author Vizard Talks to Rotary About New Book
"A Grand Murder" Second in Nick Steele Series
March 22, 2016
By: Stephen Kent
is well known around Bay City. Over a 24 year period, he was Columnist, News Editor and Managing Editor of the Bay City Times. Following that he went on to edit the True North Magazine for the Times. After retiring in 2008 Dave has worked as a writer and editor and real estate agent. "Now after 35 years as a journalist and newspaperman, I'm doing what I want to do."
What Dave wants to do is to write. He's just completed his second novel in the Nick Steele murder mystery series. The first book featured Mackinac Island and became one of the best-selling local books on the island. The new book, "A Grand Murder"
, is set in Bay City at the fictional "Bay City Blaze" newspaper. The story has connections to Mackinac Island, Flint, Saginaw, Detroit, and Ann Arbor: "all the places I've worked", said Dave.
Dave made a point of saying that the 248-page book is "family friendly" no "F" bombs, no graphic sex, no graphic violence. It took two years to write and rewrite twice. He set this murder on Mackinac Island for a number of reasons, not the least of which is that there actually was an unsolved murder there in the 1960s.
Mackinac is a unique setting because of the nature of the island. Each summer thousands of tourists descend on the island. These people come and go so quickly that trying to solve a crime becomes almost impossible. "If you pay cash, there's no record of your time on the island", said Dave. There are few deaths there and only a handful of accidents. Crime is low and there's only a small "cop shop".
The book has many connections to Bay City and Michigan. Characters were based on people Dave knew or knows, or on a combination of those characters. Although a fictional story, it is tied to real events that occurred locally. It also addresses issues that will be familiar to readers.
"A Grand Murder" is not a typical "whodunit". Rather it's a mystery about the why and the motive. The book is available at a number of stores in the area as well as on Amazon.com's Kindle store, your favorite library, and "from Dave's trunk". Dave will speak at the "Booked for Lunch" series at the Wirt Library next week. Be sure to catch him there for a more in-depth discussion.
CLUB NEWS and ANNOUNCEMENTS
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talked about the Rotary Foundation's origin and its works over the years. He then presented the Bequest Society 4th Level
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March 29,2016 Pinconning HS Senior SeaTrek Marine Biology Experience
Speaker: Ally Marter
April 05, 2016 The Community Advancement Network.
Building Effectiveness and Efficiency in Nonprofits in the Great Lakes Bay Region.
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April 12, 2016 Midland Center for the arts
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April 19,2016 Volunteer Program & need for volunteers from Bay City
Dee Bliss, Volunteer Coordinator, will talk about opportunities to be matched with Hospice patients to provide companionship and friendship.
May 03, 2016 Nancy Cusick
will talk about her experiences administering the POLIO VACCINE
on her recent trip to India.
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