Robert J. Randisi
DEMONYM: Transplanted New Yorker
Role— Author of "Cold as the Gun"
Past Achievements— Authored over 540 books, 50+ short stories, and one screenplay; edited 30 anthologies; edited a Writer's Digest book, Writing the Private Eye Novel; was the mystery reviewer for the Orlando Sentinel for 7 years; in 1982 founded the Private Eye Writers of America and created the Shamus Award; in 1985 co-founded Mystery Scene Magazine and the short-lived American Mystery Award; a couple of years later co-founded the American Crime Writer's League; in 1993 was awarded a Life Achievement Award at the Southwest Mystery Convention; in 2009 received the Life Achievement Award from the Private Eye Writers of America; in October 2006 published his Rat Pack novel, Everybody Kills Somebody Sometime (featuring Dean Martin, Frank Sinatra, and other members of the infamous Pack), which received a starred review from Booklist and was optioned for an independent film, for which he has written the screenplay; and published his most recent novel in the Rat Pack series, You're Nobody Til Somebody Kills You (SMP 2009).
Future Achievements— Will release the next novel in the Rat Pack series, I'm A Fool To Kill You (Severn House, 2011).
Back Story— Randisi was born and raised in Brooklyn, NY, and from 1973 through 1981 he was a civilian employee of the New York City Police Department, working out of the 67th Precinct in Brooklyn. After 41 years in New York, he now resides in Clarksville, MO, an Artisan community of 500 people located right on the Mississippi. He lives and works with writer Marthayn Pelegrimas in a small house on three acres, with a deck that overlooks that glorious river.
Final Notes— Robert has had a book published every month since January of 1982 and has been called by Booklist "...the last of the pulp writers." He has published in the western, mystery, horror, science fiction and men's adventure genres.