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Product Details

  • Paperback: 486 pages
  • Publisher: Avenger Books (June 21, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0615507719
  • ISBN-13: 978-0615507712
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 1.1 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (504 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #670,301 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Author

All my life -- since I watched "The Lone Ranger" and read Batman comics as a little kid in the Fifties and Sixties -- I have been passionate about the principle of justice.  When I began to write nonfiction in my teens, that was the underlying principle in everything I wrote. It remained the theme of my work throughout my later career as an essayist, investigative journalist, reviewer, blogger, editor, and nonfiction book author.

Now it's become the central theme of my fiction writing, too.

Like me, the hero of my Dylan Hunter thrillers is motivated by his passion for justice. He cannot walk away when injustices are committed against those he cares about. That's why Dylan Hunter became a vigilante -- why I refer to him as "the new face of justice" -- and why I refer to myself as "The Vigilante Author."

I hope you enjoy HUNTER, BAD DEEDS, and the forthcoming books in the Dylan Hunter thriller series. And after you've checked them out, I'd love to hear from you. Thanks so much!

About the Author

Robert Bidinotto -- bestselling author of HUNTER and its thrilling sequel, BAD DEEDS -- is also an award-winning investigative journalist, magazine editor, and nonfiction author.

A former Staff Writer for Reader's Digest, Robert authored high-profile investigative pieces on crime, including "Getting Away with Murder," which stirred a national controversy in 1988 about prison furlough programs. That article was honored as a National Magazine Award finalist for "Best Magazine Article of the Year in the Public Interest Category" by the American Society of Magazine Editors.

Robert also published Criminal Justice? The Legal System vs. Individual Responsibility, with a Foreword by John Walsh of "America's Most Wanted," and Freed to Kill -- a compendium of horror stories exposing failures in our legal system. Many of those hair-raising stories, as well as ones that he investigated for Reader's Digest, served as the basis for HUNTER.

Robert makes his home on the Chesapeake Bay with his musician wife, Cynthia, and their cat, Luna (who plays a supporting role in the Dylan Hunter thriller series). He now writes fiction fulltime and is at work on the further adventures of Dylan Hunter -- "the new face of justice."

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 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 nearly 350 "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...

"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."

Customer Reviews

I hope to see more from Robert Bidinotto and want to follow more adventures of Dylan Hunter.
Puppy Coach
Mr. Bidinotto has written a great thriller, great plot, well developed characters, and a very believable love story.
bunny
I can't wait for the sequel to this book and look forward to following Mr. Hunter on his next array of adventures.
Candace S.

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

114 of 123 people found the following review helpful By UFO6 on July 26, 2011
Format: Paperback
I didn't know what to expect when I began reading this debut novel, but what I walked into stunned me as much with its depth and authenticity as its pedal-to-the-metal action.

Some of the most bestial of violent criminals, prematurely (read: criminally) released from the cages they've earned, have been turning up dead in ways and places that suggest a distinct message: "Have you misplaced this?" The police are stumped, and so are the military intelligence personnel brought in when a treasonous double agent is similarly dispatched before their eyes. Thus begins an intense search for a killer who targets killers, and who leaves not a trace of evidence behind.

"Hunter" begins as breakneck action suspense and almost immediately traverses into an engaging intellectual quest, sort of a "thinking man's 'Death Wish,'" but in which moral choices, not chance or simple physical conflict, are the plot's navigation points. Questions of guilt and innocence, justice and the proper objects of compassion, suspicion and trust, legality and morality, integrity and conflicting loyalties, are laid out before the reader as puzzles, woven ingeniously into a drama whose action is cinematic in its realism.

The elegant romance that develops simultaneously, hinges too on moral questions and choices rather than arbitrary emotions and events - something that's rare to nonexistent in contemporary fiction. The central relationship in "Hunter" is not mere embellishment, it is integral to both plot and theme. Into that romantic structure Bidinotto deftly blends mistaken assumptions, erroneous conclusions and tantalizing details of a hidden past, to achieve a stunning richness of character development.
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44 of 50 people found the following review helpful By The Virginian on June 22, 2011
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At the core of HUNTER lies the culmination of years of study and investigation of the criminal justice system and the correctional system in the United States.

At its heart lives an entirely different animal. A classic love story infused with joy and sorrow, trust and doubt, but most of all genuine uncontrolled passion.

Robert Bidinotto, a well known and respected voice in the arena of crime and punishment has taken these elements and blended them into a truly stunning first novel.

HUNTER A Thriller easily lives up to its title. What seemingly begins as another battle in the world of espionage quickly takes on overtones of betrayal of another sort which hits closer to home.

Annie Woods, a special CIA investigator, has discovered a traitor. But what she doesn't know is how this revelation is about to change her life in unexpected ways. Perhaps forever.

Dylan Hunter is a free-lance investigative reporter who specializes in reporting on the often times outrageous circumstances and outcomes surrounding justice system verdicts. And the even more outrageous lack of attention and respect and true justice given to the victims of crime.

A brutal attack on an unsuspecting couple becomes the catalyst for these two loners to meet. They each carry the baggage of past betrayals but incredibly to both, sparks fly , and they soon find themselves inseparable.

But when a series of unusual killings occur, Dylan and Annie suddenly find themselves unexpectedly at odds. Feelings of mistrust and doubt come to a head as they each find reasons to suspect the other is not who they seem.

And through it all, an enemy who is the embodiment of evil, has them both in his sights.
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33 of 38 people found the following review helpful By Claude Bouchard, The Vigilante Series on September 25, 2011
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I was introduced to Robert Bidinotto in an interview he did with fellow author Gary Ponzo and was immediately intrigued, particularly since "Hunter" was a novel about vigilantism, a concept I'm familiar with through my own writing. I was not disappointed.

A journalist by profession, Bidinotto's writing is flawless and precise. He uses words to create scenes much like an accomplished artist uses paint and brush to create a masterpiece. His characters are three dimensional; they are real, flesh and blood people with true emotions. The story itself is an intricately woven tapestry of details which all perfectly mesh together resulting in a highly believable, suspenseful read.

I thank Gary for bringing Robert and "Hunter" to my attention as this novel is the best in the crime thriller genre I've read in a while. I can only give one piece of advice to you readers out there. Buy this book!
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27 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Jonetta (Ejaygirl) on February 25, 2012
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The story begins with a sting to capture a traitorous CIA chief. Annie Woods was the analyst that uncovered his activities and was responsible for bringing him down. Her efforts gain her the attention of Grant Garrett, a reknowned agent heading up a special intelligence division in Langley, who asks her to join his team. When an assassination takes place at a highly secretive safe house location, Grant and Annie realize they have another insider at large.

The beginning of this story really piqued my interest and I was prepared to settle into an intriguing espionage-type thriller. However, it quickly segued to a vigilante style killing in the Washington, DC area. The victim was responsible for a brutal crime where he was able to get off easy because of his juvenile status. The victim had been the focus of a recent article written by a mysterious writer named Dylan Hunter. As Hunter releases more articles highlighting other offenders receiving light or no sentences for heinous crimes, the subjects start dropping like flies as a result of the vigilante killer. In the meantime, Annie and Dylan, who meet through a mutual relationship, embark on a personal, passionate love affair.

It soon becomes clear that there is a clear delineation in this story of who is considered good and those evil. The legal and criminal justice system is indicted here, with those that are part of the system that provides aid and support to defendants in the evil column and law enforcement on the good side. My issue isn't with the position taken about an obviously flawed system but with the absolute sense of imbalance in portrayal of the players. It was impossible to avoid the underlying political agenda of the story and it interfered with me being able to rationally evaluate the point of view.
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