PRIVATE HEAT
An Art Hardin Mystery
Robert E. Bailey

It “deserves praise for sheer action and suspense...Bailey has a good sassy sense of humor.” In this “hard boiled homage...there’s no denying his narrative drive, which keeps the reader moving right along until the last page.”—Publishers Weekly (December 17, 2001)

“First-novelist Bailey delivers a well-constructed, action-packed thriller.... A series to watch.”—Gary Niebuhr, Booklist (January 1 & 15 2002)

“Clever plotting, crisp prose, and thrilling action commend this to all collections.”— Library Journal (March 1, 2002)

“PRIVATE HEAT is Robert Bailey’s first novel and the first in his Art Hardin series. No doubt, Bailey will quickly gather many devoted fans (including myself) with this actionpacked, well-crafted thriller. His vivid characters and brilliant sense of humor won me over. I look forward to reading more from this talented new author.”—The Mystery Review (Spring 2002)

A “knockout debut private eye novel.... There are a few classic scenes that would be great for a movie version.... Full of high speed, adrenaline-charged action and vividly drawn characters, Bailey’s classic hard-boiled effort is a real gem, easily a candidate for best first private eye novel of the year onors.”—Ray Walsh, owner of East Lansing’s Curious Book shop and reviewer for the Lansing State Journal

Private Detective and retired counterintelligence officer Art Hardin usually stays away from the flashy kind of PI work, paying his bills by doing surveillance, checking up on false disability claims, and the like. So when the senior partner one of the premier legal firms in Grand Rapids approaches Hardin about a job protecting his niece from her soon-to-be ex-husband for a couple of days, Hardin isn’t exactly eager to take on the job—not the least because the niece herself is under house-arrest pending a murder investigation of her former boss...and the sudden disappearance of eleven million dollars.

However, Hardin finds that the fee offered is too great to pass up, and takes on the job of making sure the niece stays alive to answer for the missing money and the murder.

Dirty cops, hard-nosed Feds, dastardly attorneys and desperate criminals are just the beginning. The real adversary comes from out of Art Hardin’s past, and lurks just out of sight. This remarkably well-crafted story has the trademark qualities of a superior detective mystery: deft plotting, lively dialogue and characters that seem as real as your friends. Private Heat is the beginning of a very exciting new series.

Robert E. Bailey spent half a decade as a corporate security director in the city of Detroit and twenty years as a licensed private investigator. An award-winning combat pistol shot, Bailey returned to his first love, writing, when he was injured on the job and no longer able to work the street. His first novel, Private Heat, an action-packed thriller featuring private investigator Art Hardin, 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. Also in January 2007, Mystery Scene magazine named Art Hardin one of its top 100 private eyes.

Bailey currently lives in Richmond, VA, with his wife, Linda.

 
“Reading to my oldest son at night, I often talk about the parts of the physical book. The dust jacket, the headband, and, yes, the endpapers. To me, publishers that care about books go to the extra effort to not just publish a book, but to physically build an attractive and quality book. Endpapers, in part, signify quality.”
—Andrew Zack, Publisher

Testimonial

  • "Andy Zack has been my editor and friend since the mid-'90s. I can't think of a better person to guide a young writer from concept to a place on the best-seller shelf."
    —Dick Couch, Author of Sus Sponte; The Forging of a Modern American Ranger
  • "I have used the professional editing services of Author Coach for two of my novels to date and have been incredibly pleased with the results. Andy Zack's feedback was well targeted and concise. In taking his advice, I was able to restructure my plots, tighten my prose, and bring to vivid life my characters and story."
    —Melinda J. Simon
  • "Andy Zack's knowledge of writing 'pitfalls' and experience in editing were critical to my revision process. I absolutely recommend the Author Coach review and editing services to first-time authors."
    —Tyce Miller
  • "My writing has improved markedly. It's comforting to know a resource like Author Coach is available."
    —Melinda J. Simon
  • "The review services from Author Coach took my first novel to the next level."
    —Tyce Miller
  • "I'm a psychologist by trade and have no formal training as a writer. Yet, when I publish my novels, my goal is to produce a professional piece of fiction that moves fast and entertains the reader from the first page to the last. Andy Zack and Author Coach are essential to making that happen."
    —Melinda J. Simon
  • "If you have dreams of writing a successful novel you should consider contacting Andrew Zack and Author Coach. It is vital to a beginning writer to have your manuscript critiqued by a qualified professional. My experience with Andy was a valuable learning process. Andy is a great teacher who you will come to think of as a friend. But the real achievement is what you learn to make your writing better."
    —Jack Marino
  • "Andy's comments on my manuscript were critical in my re-write which tightened up the work and made it more reader-friendly. His help in crafting that all-important Query Letter opened doors to agents who requested a read of the manuscript. I would highly recommend Author Coach for first-time authors who are serious about getting their work published."
    —Rich Michitsch
  • "Working with Author Coach was a wonderful experience. I found Andy to be insightful in all areas of editing and publishing. He was attentive to every detail where my manuscript was concerned. He responded to my inquiries in a timely and appropriate manner. The best part of the whole deal, my manuscript was published!"
    —Jimmy Gordon, Author of Kritterkreep and Dartboard
  • "Andy Zack is the reason I became published over twenty years ago. His coaching, editorial services, and just great trade insight and guidance propelled my novels to a whole new level. You will be in good hands with Author Coach."
    —R.J. Pineiro, Author of Havoc
  • "Andy tells the truth, gives good advice and gets results. He has high integrity. I am lucky he took me on as a client and writer. He has been very patient with me and I count him as a friend."
    —Stephen Kanar, author of The J Factor

Get Connected

SUBSCRIBE MAILING LIST
Email Address *
First Name *
Last Name *
Company Name
Suffix
Email Format
Thank you for your information. We will get back to you soon.

Endpapers Press

From mysteries and thrillers to history and how-to, from science to science fiction and fantasy, Endpapers Press publishes quality eBooks and print editions of original and reissue titles by established authors and new voices.
 

Contact

Endpapers Press
PMB 212
4653 Carmel Mountain Rd, Ste 308
San Diego, CA 92130-6650
(858) 384-0265