Genre: Mystery
About the Book

An Art Hardin Novel

M. Evans & Company, Inc.
Format: Hardcover (January 2007)

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.

“A hard-hitting novel…. …goes far beyond the usual mystery, combining espionage, intrigue, and thriller elements into the detective formula. Perfect for discriminating mystery collections.”—MIDWEST BOOK REVIEW, August 2007

“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, January 2007

“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

“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.” —READER VIEWS

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About the Author
Robert E. Bailey

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 a finalist for the 2003 Shamus Award, given by the Private Eye Writers of America. His second novel, Dying Embers, also featuring Hardin, was a 2004 finalist for the Great Lakes Book Award, Also in January 2007, Mystery Scene magazine named Art Hardin one of its top 100 private eyes.

Sadly, Robert Bailey passed away in 2013. His wife, Linda, and a good writing friend of Bob’s have worked together to complete the edits on his final work, Déjà Noir, from Ignition Books®.

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