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* May is Brain Cancer Awareness Month and during the month of May, the eBook of Robert E. Bailey's novel, PRIVATE HEAT, first in the Art Hardin series, will be on sale for only $2.99, with all author royalties going to the American Brain Tumor Association, a nonprofit organization providing support services and programs for brain tumor patients and their families, as well as funding brain tumor research.

* In August 2011, Robert Bailey was diagnosed with glioblastoma, a form of malignant brain cancer. Bob had surgery and came through with flying colors! He continued to work on his next novel, DÉJÀ NOIR. Sadly, Bob suffered an inoperable recurrence but lived long enough to do one revision on DÉJÀ NOIR. He succumbed to cancer shortly after, on November 8, 2013. DÉJÀ NOIR will be published this August and be available in print and eBook editions. In the meantime, we hope you’ll buy PRIVATE HEAT and help support brain cancer research.

* NEW BOOK BY ROBERT E. BAILEY COMING SOON!! And it earned a Kirkus review (no, NOT a paid one!), which we will post momentarily. For a traditional-style hardboiled PI novel, we really couldn't be happier with this review.

KIRKUS REVIEW

"As its title suggests, Bailey’s final novel is a valentine to the private-eye conventions that have seemed like clichés since about two weeks after they were presented as fresh and new a century ago.

Raymond Kerze can’t afford to be choosy about his clients. The only reason he can even afford to live in his office, after all, is that the building’s in foreclosure, and the city of Detroit doesn’t bother to bill its few remaining tenants for rent. But Ray really doesn’t want to take Misty Lake’s money. For one thing, she’s got only $11.60. For another, she’s offering it to him for killing her. Before she got laid off from her job as a waitress, she borrowed $500 from mobbed-up loan shark Benny Slick, and now her failure to keep up with the vig has ballooned her debt to $950, which might as well be a million. Since she’s Catholic, Misty can’t kill herself, though she seems to have no scruples about hiring Ray to push her out his office window (a no-go, since he’s on the second floor) or stand by as she provokes a pair of Aryan-tattooed skinheads lurking outside the building to stab her to death. As things work out, Misty doesn’t die, but Theodore Sorenson, one of the skinheads, does, unleashing mounting complications for Ray, Misty, Misty’s ex-boyfriend Jeffrey Enwright, Detective Tony Jackson, and Teddy’s skinhead pal John Doe, each of whom gets to tell part of the story. Or, if “story” is too strong a word, to present his or her carnival act in close-up before yielding to the next one and eventually to the final fade-out.

This pipe dream’s highly original narrative structure, consistently subordinating events to voices, allows Bailey (The Small Matter of Ten Large, 2012, etc.) and his readers to inhabit a series of characters that morph from cartoon tough guys and gals to people worth caring about once you get to see them from outside and inside."


Today's Featured Book

Ray Kerze, a widowed, alcoholic ex-cop, calls himself "running a PI business" in the decaying heart of Detroit. What he's really doing is drowning himself in whiskey, and helping out other struggling denizens of downtown Detroit in his sober moments. But when Misty Lake, on the run from the Mob and with nowhere else to turn, shows up at his door, she changes his whole life.

How do a run-down ex-cop and a runaway would-be prostitute get tangled up with skinheads, and how does that get them mired in a scandal that goes all the way to City Hall? How does the FBI get involved? More important, how the heck do they get out of it?