Michael Thomas Barry

Michael Thomas Barry is the critically acclaimed author of seven nonfiction books that include Murder & Mayhem 52 Crimes that Shocked Early California 1849–1949 (2012), Literary Legends of the British Isles: The Lives & Burial Places of 50 Great Writers (2013), America’s Literary Legends: The Lives & Burial Places of 50 Great Writers (January, 2015) and In the Company of Evil Thirty Years of California Crime, 1950–1980 (2016). He is also a columnist for CrimeMagazine.com and has made numerous television and radio appearances that include PBS SoCal’s Real Orange, and Investigation Discovery’s Deadly Women and True Nightmares series.

His many literary awards include the 2011 and 2014 Readers’ Favorite International Book Awards (silver and gold medals), 2012 and 2013 International Book Awards (winner), and 2013 Beverly Hills Book Awards (winner).

Mr. Barry is a graduate of Cal State Fullerton with degrees in history and criminal justice. He is a member of The Mystery Writers of America, American Society of Journalists & Authors, The Authors Guild, and The Crime Writers Association. The author resides in Orange, California, with his wife Christyn and their golden retriever, Jake.

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In 2015 Netflix released the controversial documentary Making a Murderer, which explored the story of Steven Avery, a man from Manitowoc County, Wisconsin, who spent nearly two decades in

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“a worthwhile read. It will most certainly fascinate Dos Passos and Hemingway aficionados, as well as the casual literary biography enthusiast.”

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“Humans are the planet’s outliers when it comes to murder.

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“Yes, I believe [Steven] Avery is innocent. This is my opinion, which I know is not worth very much, but my opinion is based on an assessment of the evidence.”
—Jerome F. Buting

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“a refreshing read that will most certainly enthrall true crime enthusiasts and those interested in the history of modern law enforcement . . .”

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“an extraordinary and thought provoking view on the playwright’s life and works.”

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“Al Capone was a son, husband, and father who was looking for the best way to become a good provider for everyone.”

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a fast-paced tour de force through history and contemporary California. It is a heart-pounding page turner filled with loads of action and intrigue.”

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In February 2005, 14-year-old Mary (not her real name) was a naïve and impressionable teenager. She desperately sought out attention and wanted to make a good first impression.

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Seasoned homicide detectives are well aware that high-profile murder cases often attract numerous false confessions.

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“[the book’s] mesmerizing allegations and scandalous conclusions . . .

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“Whatever life holds in store for me, I will never forget these words: With great power comes great responsibility. This is my gift, my curse. Who am I?

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". . . brings to life the many characters and truly bizarre and astonishing events."

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In early December 1922, Ernest Hemingway was in Switzerland on assignment as a correspondent for the Toronto Daily Star, covering the Lausanne Peace Conference.