“The Professor is that rare combination of thrills, chills and heart. Gripping from the first page to the last.”
Winston Groom, author of Forrest Gump

“Robert Bailey is a thriller writer to reckon with. His debut novel has a tight and twisty plot, vivid characters, and a pleasantly down-home sensibility that will remind some readers of adventures in Grisham-land. Luckily, Robert Bailey is an original, and his skill as a writer makes the Alabama setting all his own. The Professor marks the beginning of a very promising career.”
Mark Childress, author of Georgia Bottoms and Crazy in Alabama

The Professor by Robert Bailey“In trials, like sports, sometimes winning means everything…”

Thomas Jackson McMurtrie is a living legend scorned. Forty years ago, he gave up a promising career as a trial lawyer to become a law professor at the University of Alabama at the request of his mentor, Alabama football Coach, Paul “Bear” Bryant. Now Tom is forced into retirement, betrayed by both a powerful colleague and his own failing health.

Meanwhile the young family of one of his oldest friends is killed in a tragic road collision. Believing his career is over, Tom refers the case to a brilliant, yet beleaguered, former student, who begins to uncover the truth behind the tragedy, buried in a tangled web of arson, bribery and greed.

But as the eve of trial approaches, the young attorney’s case begins to unravel. In over his head and at the end of his rope, he realises there’s only one man who can help…

The Professor is the first in a series of tense legal thrillers featuring the enthralling and brilliant legal team of McMurtrie and Drake, combining the thrills and authenticity of a John Grisham novel for the audience that flocked to Friday Night Lights.

Cover Art: ARGH! Oxford
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Book Info:
The First McMurtrie & Drake Investigation

UK Print
Date: 4th February 2014
ISBN: 9781909223578
Format: Medium (B-Format) Paperback
R.R.P.: £8.99

US/CAN Print
Date: 28th January 2014
ISBN: 9781909223585
Format: Large (Trade) Paperback
R.R.P.: US$14.99 CAN$16.99

Ebook
Date: 28th January 2014
ISBN: 9781909223592
Format: Epub & Mobi
R.R.P.: £5.49 / US$6.99

Buying Info:

UK Print & Ebook
Amazon.co.uk | Book Depository | Waterstones | WHSmith

North American Print & Ebook
Amazon.com | Amazon.ca | BarnesandNoble.com | IndieBound.org

Global DRM-Free Epub Ebook
Robot Trading Company

Author Info:

Robert Bailey: robertbaileybooks.com@RBaileyBooks on Twitter

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Praise and Reviews:

“Taut, page-turning, and smart, The Professor is a legal thriller that will keep readers up late as the twists and turns keep coming. Set in Alabama, it also includes that state’s greatest icon, one Coach Bear Bryant. In fact, the Bear gets things going with the energy of an Alabama kickoff to Auburn. Robert Bailey knows his state and he knows his law. He also knows how to write characters that are real, sympathetic, and surprising. If he keeps writing novels this good, he’s got quite a literary career before him.”  Homer Hickam, author of Rocket Boys/October Sky, New York Times Number 1 bestseller.

“The Professor is that rare combination of thrills, chills and heart. Gripping from the first page to the last.”
Winston Groom, author of Forrest Gump

“Robert Bailey is a thriller writer to reckon with. His debut novel has a tight and twisty plot, vivid characters, and a pleasantly down-home sensibility that will remind some readers of adventures in Grisham-land. Luckily, Robert Bailey is an original, and his skill as a writer makes the Alabama setting all his own. The Professor marks the beginning of a very promising career.”
– Mark Childress, author of Georgia Bottoms and Crazy in Alabama.

“Legal thrillers shouldn’t be this much fun and a new writer shouldn’t be this good at crafting a great twisty story.  If you enjoy Grisham as much as I do, you’re going to love Robert Bailey.”

– Brian Haig, author of the Sean Drummond series

“Robert Bailey is a Southern writer in the great Southern tradition, with a vivid sense of his environment and characters that pop and crackle on the page.  This book kept me hooked all the way through.”
– William Bernhardt, author of the Ben Kincaid series

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