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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 exciting 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."
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 478 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 (608 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,129,776 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Hello, I'm Robert Bidinotto. Thanks so much for stopping by my author page. I'm the author of the #1 Kindle 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.... Ever since I watched "The Lone Ranger" and read Batman comics as a little kid in the 1950s, the pursuit of justice became a life-long passion. Justice has been the theme of my nonfiction work, including investigative reporting and nonfiction books about crime and the criminal justice system. Now, the quest for justice has become the central theme of my fiction-writing, too.... Like me, the hero of my Dylan Hunter thrillers is motivated by a passion for justice. He just can't 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." So if tales of justice are your thing, then, like thousands of other readers, I think you'll enjoy my Dylan Hunter thrillers.... 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. While you're there, please be sure to sign up on my email list, to be notified of new releases in the series.... Meanwhile, I hope you enjoy "HUNTER," "BAD DEEDS," and the continuing adventures of Dylan Hunter -- "the new face of justice."

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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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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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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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By KLC55 on December 3, 2011
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Hunter is simply a must read novel. I am an avid reader but I have never felt compelled to write a review. From the first chapter I was hooked and could not put the book down. I am a law enforcement officer and this book hit close to home with me. I can tell you that the authors description of the long rap sheets and the fact that criminals dont often serve enough jail time is completly accurate. Personal opinions of the justice system aside, Hunter is the best book I have read in a long time and I read often. It's a page turner that you will have difficulty putting down. Im looking forward to more Hunter, hopefully in the near future.
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