Taylor, a retired special forces lieutenant colonel, knows that struggle well. “Everybody on the ground always complains about the guys above you,” he tells us, “but we all understood the reasons [that oversight was necessary]. It safeguards everybody involved.” Logan, in fact, has made some bad choices and has faced the consequences. (Did we mention he just got fired?) He isn’t a superhero. He has flaws. He even gets outsmarted a couple of times. He’s not perfect, but he gives the mission everything he has. That’s something Taylor is committed to portraying in his books. “Too often in Hollywood, you’ve got a guy who says, ‘Damn those politicians. They won’t let me put a drill bit through this guy’s kneecap. If they leave me alone, I can solve all of the world’s problems.’ Or you’ve got a bad guy named Dr. Evil. I’ve met a lot of bad guys, and you sit there across from them sometimes, making jokes and talking, and you end up thinking, ‘Why do you want to kill everybody?’ They’re human. Good guys, bad guys, everybody’s human.”
Taylor, who grew up in Conroe, signs and discusses No Fortunate Son today at 6:30 p.m. Murder by the Book, 2342 Bissonnet. For information, call 713‑524‑8597 or visit murderbooks.com. Free.
Tue., Jan. 6, 6:30 p.m., 2015