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Award-Winning Mystery Author, Former PI, and Combat Pistol Shot

Robert Bailey spent five years as a corporate security director in the city of Detroit and twenty years as a licensed private investigator. His first novel, Private Heat, an action-packed private-eye thriller, won the Josiah W. Bancroft Award at the Florida First Coast Writer's Festival in 1998 and was nominated for the 2003 Shamus Award, given by the Private Eye Writers of America.

A Vietnam-era draftee, he retired from the military as a reservist and a field-grade officer. An award-winning combat pistol shot, he returned to his first love, writing, when he was injured on the job and no longer able to work the street.

Bob has three grown sons and four grandchildren.

Private Heat, featuring PI Art Hardin, was published by M. Evans & Co. in the winter of 2002. A second Art Hardin mystery novel, Dying Embers, was released in March 2003, and a third, Dead Bang, was published by M. Evans in January 2007. Also in January 2007, Mystery Scene magazine named Hardin one of its top 100 private eyes.

Bob's latest projects include a fourth novel, Deja Noir, and a screenplay, For Love and Money, about an armored car robbery. His Art Hardin series has just been released in ebook format for both Nook and Kindle.

Location, Location, Location

Bob's books take place in real locations, and he tends to research heavily any area he writes about. He tailed real life terrorist sympathizers for his work in Dead Bang, but his favorite book research was driving a brand new white Jag for several scenes in Dying Embers. The things a writer's gotta do!

Art's house, featured in all three books, is a real house on Slayton Lake outside Belding, Michigan, that Bob and two of his sons spent two years remodeling from the rafters up.

Brain Cancer Awareness

In August 2011 Bob was diagnosed with glioblastoma, a form of malignant brain cancer. Bob had surgery in late August and came through with flying colors! He had some mild aphasia but continued to work on his latest novel, Deja Noir. Sadly, Bob suffered an inoperable recurrence in July 2013. He lived long enough to do one revision on Deja Noir but succumbed to cancer shortly after that, on November 8, 2013. Deja Noir has found a publisher and the final copyedit is in! Next step: a cover! News will be posted as it comes in.

Please remember to support brain cancer research. Since only about 22,000 people a year are diagnosed with glioblastoma in the United States, research funding for this disease lags far behind that for other cancers.