DEAD BANG
An Art Hardin Mystery
Robert E. Bailey

“A hard-hitting novel. . . . [It] goes far beyond the usual mystery, combining espionage, intrigue, and thriller elements into the detective formula. Perfect. . . .Midwest Book Review

“Good writers write what they know and Robert E. Bailey knows about the world of Private Detectives. Using his own knowledge and experience he depicts a believable tale that is entertaining and intriguing. This is gritty, smart storytelling that forces the reader to participate in the story rather than simply observe it. Fans of hardcore detective novels will enjoy this latest installment in the Art Hardin Mystery series.The New Mystery Reader

“All the time Dead Bang is fast, lively and surprisingly informative and ingenious. . . . If you like your mysteries peppered with the bizarre and hilarious, with side dishes of history, then Dead Bang is a dead-on read for you!Rebecca’s Reads

“When a copy of Robert Bailey’s new Art Hardin book Dead Bang came into my hands, I knew I was in for a thrill-ride. Not many authors since the great Chandler and John D. MacDonald of Travis McGee fame have the ability to write a book I know beforehand will not disappoint.

“In the third book in his Art Hardin series, Robert Bailey does not disappoint. This tale keeps the reader racing along with howls of laughter and seat of your pants excitement.Reader Views


Some secrets age well, others tend to fester.  Art Hardin, a private investigator and retired counterintelligence officer, is a man of many secrets.  One of these secrets has fallen into the hands of a local TV muckraker, which can cause enough trouble to keep most noir detectives busy for three hundred pages—Art's not that lucky.

Just after Art locks horns with the journalist, his wife, Wendy, takes him to the airport to pick up a young friend returning from a Caribbean vacation.  Karen Smith deplanes with a fabulous tan, a new beau, and a suitcase full of money—Karen doesn't know about the money, but her new Middle Eastern boyfriend does.  Using a Canadian passport to enter the US, he put the money in Karen's suitcase so he wouldn't have to carry it through customs.

After a donnybrook and a shootout at Karen's house, the money disappears.  Lots of people want it.  Some of them kidnap Karen, some of them set off a bomb at the TV station while Art is on the air with the muckraker.  

After that, things get nasty.

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