Philip M. Cohen was born in New York City and moved to Los Angeles in his twenties. A musician since his pre-teens, he began writing songs and playing with bands in his teens and had a near-encounter with fame before the all-too-common bottom dropped out. Cohen then became a music attorney and is still involved in music on the creative side. He spends most of his time writing and playing music, plus the occasional legal work to keep the lights on.
Title by Philip M. Cohen
Conflict in the City
Released: January 2022
Conflict in the City is a fast-paced, lively, “can’t wait to keep reading” novel in the tradition of Donald Westlake’s Parker novels by way of Roddy Doyle’s The Commitments
Mixing and blending the genres of detective noir and music, Conflict in the City takes place in greater Los Angeles, home to both classic and modern fictional L.A. detectives like Raymond Chandler’s Phillip Marlowe and Michael Connolly’s Harry Bosch. Los Angeles is also the center of the music universe, where the Doors, Van Halen, and N.W.A., among so many others, got their starts.
It’s in this world that we find Johnny “Whoops” Watson and Billy Bates, young guitarists/singers and their band, Conflict, playing clubs in modern LA, where the days of rock’s zenith and ascendance in the 1960s and 1970s has faded but the hopes and dreams of aspiring musicians haven’t. Conflict is struggling and chaos ensues when someone linked closely to the band is killed. Billy and Johnny become swept up in the mystery, ill-prepared as they are to confront it. The novel is the first in a series.