More About the Author
Hello, I'm Robert Bidinotto. Thanks so much for stopping by my author page.
By way of introduction: I'm the author of the bestselling thriller "HUNTER" and its award-winning sequel, "BAD DEEDS." I've also been a widely published, award-winning investigative journalist, magazine editor, and nonfiction author.
But of course, that doesn't tell you the important things about me. You know: what makes me tick, why I write the things I write.
Ever since I watched "The Lone Ranger" and read Batman comics as a little kid in the Fifties and Sixties, I have been deeply moved by the moral concept of justice. I thrilled to fictional and real-life examples of heroes who stood up for justice against great odds and opposition. The pursuit of justice became a life-long passion.
When, in my teens, I began to write nonfiction, justice was the underlying principle in almost everything I wrote about. It's been my theme throughout a career as an essayist, investigative journalist, reviewer, blogger, columnist, and writer of nonfiction books about crime and the criminal justice system.
These days, the quest for justice has become the central theme of my fiction-writing, too.
I have built the Dylan Hunter thriller series on that principle. Like me, the hero is motivated by a passion for justice, and he finds that he just cannot walk away when there's an injustice against people he cares about. Too often, those injustices occur because the institutions of the law are too inept to do anything on behalf of victims; and sometimes, those in power are themselves responsible for perpetrating the injustices.
That's why Dylan Hunter felt compelled to become a vigilante. It's why I refer to him as "the new face of justice." And it's why I refer to myself as "The Vigilante Author."
If tales of justice are your thing, then like thousands of other readers you may enjoy my Dylan Hunter thrillers.
The first book in the series, "HUNTER," was published in late June 2011. Bridging and blending the crime and spy-fiction genres, and with a powerful love story at its heart, "HUNTER" draws upon my background as an investigative journalist writing "true crime" books and articles. It's available in ebook, audiobook, and trade paperback editions.
On November 27, 2011, "HUNTER" was selected as the #1 Kindle "Editors' Pick" and immediately skyrocketed onto the Kindle Store Bestseller List. By December 3, it had peaked at #4 overall, simultaneously becoming the #1 bestselling Kindle ebook in "Mysteries & Thrillers," "Thrillers," "Romantic Suspense," and "Spy Stories & Tales of Intrigue." "HUNTER" also landed on the Wall Street Journal's "Top 10 Fiction Ebooks" bestseller list. To date, it has attracted over 400 "5-star" Amazon customer reviews.
In May 2014, I released the first sequel in the Dylan Hunter thriller series, "BAD DEEDS." It takes place during the weeks immediately following the events in "HUNTER." Dylan and his lover, Annie Woods, are recuperating from their injuries -- physical and emotional -- in a cabin in the woods. But when the locals are threatened by a conspiracy of political elites and ideological zealots, Dylan once again finds that he just cannot walk away...
"BAD DEEDS" has won rave reviews from readers, as well as the "Book of the Year 2014 Award" from the Conservative-Libertarian Fiction Alliance.
"HUNTER" and "BAD DEEDS" grew out of my background as a freelance investigative journalist for Reader's Digest. There I authored high-profile investigative pieces on crime and other public controversies. I'm perhaps best known for my article "Getting Away with Murder" in the July 1988 issue of the Digest. It stirred a national controversy about crime and prison furlough programs during the 1988 presidential election campaign, and is widely credited with having affected the outcome of the election. That article was honored as a 1989 National Magazine Award finalist for "Best Magazine Article of the Year in the Public Interest Category" by the American Society of Magazine Editors.
As for my previous nonfiction books: I was editor of and chief contributor to the widely acclaimed "Criminal Justice? The Legal System vs. Individual Responsibility," with a Foreword by John Walsh of "America's Most Wanted." I also wrote "Freed to Kill," a compendium of horror stories that exposed the terrible injustices in our legal system. Many of those hair-raising stories, as well as ones that I investigated for Reader's Digest, served as the basis for my fiction thriller "HUNTER."
My articles, essays, columns, book and film reviews have appeared in Success, Writer's Digest, The Boston Herald, The American Spectator, and other journals. I've appeared on scores of major radio and television talk shows, and I've lectured before campus, civic, business, and public affairs organizations throughout North America and in Europe.
From 2005-2008, I also served as editor of The New Individualist magazine, where I was a 2007 Gold Winner of Folio's prestigious "Eddie" Award for editorial excellence -- the magazine industry's highest honor. I also received the Free Press Association's Mencken Award for "Best Feature Story," as well as other awards and honors from the National Victim Center and victim rights organizations, for my outspoken public advocacy on behalf of crime victims.
Today, with my talented musician wife, Cynthia, and our stridently individualistic cat, Luna, I make my home on the Chesapeake Bay. I enjoy communicating with my readers. So please feel free to contact me through my blog, "The Vigilante Author, at www.bidinotto.com; my Facebook page at www.facebook.com/bidinotto; and my Twitter account at @RobertBidinotto.
Meanwhile, I hope you enjoy "HUNTER," "BAD DEEDS," and the continuing adventures of Dylan Hunter: "the new face of justice."