About Robert E. Bailey
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.
Robert 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's tailed real life terrorist sympathers 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.
Bob signing books at the Chester Authors and Artists' Fair, May 11, 2013