FLY BY NIGHT is about the helicopter crash on the set of "Twilight Zone: The Movie" – the Warner Bros. film co-produced by Steven Spielberg and John Landis – that killed actor Vic Morrow, and two children who had been hired illegally.
Confidential sources in the studios and in the private worlds of Spielberg and Landis – and in the DA's office, the sheriff's office, Interpol and the FBI – and newly uncovered internal Warner Bros. documents – let the author show the cover-up that ensued, a $5-million-dollar scheme to keep Landis out of jail and Spielberg out of the headlines, resulting in an unbelievable acquittal by a jury that had fallen under the spell of Hollywood. From John Huston, Jackie Cooper, Ralph Bellamy and Don Ameche to Chevy Chase, George Lucas, Dan Aykroyd and Carrie Fisher, both old and new Hollywood found themselves party to this unprecedented event.
Steven Chain has been involved in every aspect of publishing, from the mailroom to a top position as a Publisher. He first distinguished himself as a muckraking journalist in the sixties at Ramparts magazine in San Francisco. Then, he worked with Warren Hinckle and Hunter Thompson in a freshly created monthly magazine called Scanlon's. After a short-lived success he went to Japan where he worked for Tokyo's largest magazines covering US military activities related to the Vietnam War and US-Japan Security Agreement. The author then returned to the US where he authored a best-selling psychology textbook in San Diego CA for Psychology Today. Next, after completing a business history of the McDonald's story, with the cooperation of its historic founder, Ray Kroc, he went on to write several other popular books under contract with the New York Publishing industry including Warner, Simon&Schuster, Bantam Books, McGraw Hill, and others. After accumulating valuable experience in shaping a commercially successful publishing project, the author evolved into a book packager with extensive ties to his New York clients with whom he published various titles spanning subject matter from health and nutrition to celebrity bios to financial planning. The author has worked in publishing in LA, New York, Tokyo, Hong Kong, Washington DC, Chicago, San Francisco, and Minneapolis. He has worked successfully with the NY Times Syndicate, ABC's Good Morning America, and numerous local and national news media outlets. He graduated with a BA in Psychology from the University of California Santa Cruz.