Genre: Mystery
About the Book

An Art Hardin Mystery

M. Evans & Company, Inc.
April 2003
Format: Hardcover

Art Hardin, retired military intelligence officer turned private investigator, is content with his regular caseload involving insurance fraud and employee theft. So, when a wealthy industrialist approaches Art to find an old flame, he’s wary of taking on the case. Only when pressed by his wife, Wendy, does Art agree to help, but only if the decision to make contact is left to the old flame.

The old flame, a reclusive but prominent artist who has changed her name, turns up dead shortly after Art locates her. His client charged with murder and his detective’s license revoked, an angry Hardin then finds himself the subject of “professional” surveillance, his office ransacked, and his life up for grabs as a shoot-out erupts on the street.

The FBI, long on requests and short on information, approaches Art for his help—act as bait. Seemingly out of options, Art agrees, but with an ace up his sleeve. Aided by an outlaw motorcycle gang, Art decides that this time, the bait is going to bite back.

“Bailey, himself a retired P.I., imbues his second [novel] with that reassuring been-there-done-that confidence, plus considerable style and brio.”—KIRKUS REVIEWS

“‘Mean street’ may seem more desperate running through Detroit or Chicago than through Grand Rapids, Mich., but Bailey’s second Art Hardin mystery (after 2002’s PRIVATE HEAT) showcases a PI who could hold his own anywhere…The author ably mixes action and exposition, as Hardin’s seemingly simple quest spills over in all directions as the body count rises…Buckle up and enjoy a wild ride through the mean streets of Grand Rapids.”—PUBLISHERS WEEKLY

“DYING EMBERS by Robert E. Bailey is the nifty sequel to his acclaimed PRIVATE HEAT, featuring tough Grand Rapids private investigator Art Hardin…Bailey’s at his creative best in the book’s last half, as violent confrontations and frenzied, frantic action on the gritty streets of Grand Rapids lead to stunning revelations and an explosive conclusion.”—LANSING STATE JOURNAL

“The second Hardin thriller is packed with sharp dialogue, stark violence, and details of real-world investigatory work. An intriguing new voice for mystery fans.”—BOOKLIST (May 1, 2003)

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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