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Robert Bailey is an American Wall Street Journal bestselling author of thrillers.

He is widely known for writing the Jason Rich series, the McMurtrie and Drake thrillers, the Bocephus Haynes series, and the inspirational standalone, The Golfer's Carol (2020).

A native of Huntsville, Alabama, he received a Bachelor of Arts degree in History from Davidson College in North Carolina, before proceeding to Law School at the University of Alabama.

At the latter, he somehow still found the time to make Law Review, compete on the school’s trial team, and watch every home football game.

A civil defense trial lawyer for more than two decades, he currently lives in his hometown of Huntsville with his wife, kids, and several pets.

More about Robert Bailey

Genres: Inspirational, Legal Thriller, Mystery, Thriller

United States


Non Series

  • The Golfer's Carol (2020)

Bocephus Haynes

  1. Legacy of Lies (2020)
  2. The Wrong Side (2021)

Jason Rich

  1. Rich Blood (2022)
  2. Rich Waters (2023)

McMurtie & Drake

  1. The Professor (2014)
  2. Between Black and White (2016)
  3. The Last Trial (2018)
  4. The Final Reckoning (2019)

Detailed book overview

Non Series

The Golfer's Carol

Four rounds. Four heroes. Four life-changing lessons.

When Randy Clark wakes up on his 40th birthday, he's going to go to work, eat the steak dinner his wife prepared him, blow out the candles on his birthday cake. . . And then he's going to kill himself.

With his dreams of a professional golf career long gone, his marriage struggling after the death of his son, and facing financial ruin, Randy has no other option to help his family but to jump off a bridge, and to let the life insurance company do the rest.

But Randy's plans go awry when he receives a surreal gift: four rounds of golf with his four heroes, four chances to learn from the best.

Four chances to change his fate. . .

Author: Robert Bailey
First Release: 2020
ISBN: 978-1472276933
Publisher: Headline

Bocephus Haynes

Legacy of Lies

A small-town attorney takes on prejudice and corruption.

Small-town lawyer Bocephus Haynes comes home late one night to find District Attorney General Helen Lewis waiting for him. Her ex-husband has just been killed. She’s about to be arrested for his murder. And she wants Bo to represent her.

There’s a lot working against them. Just before his death, Helen’s ex-husband threatened to reveal a dark secret from her past. Bo has been in a tailspin since his wife’s death. What’s more, his whole life has been defined by a crime committed against his family, and he continues to face prejudice as the only African American litigator in Pulaski, Tennessee.

Bo’s back is against the wall, and Helen resigns herself to a dismal fate―but a stunning discovery throws everything into chaos. There’s a chance for justice, but to achieve it, the cost might be too much for Bo to bear.

Author: Robert Bailey
First Release: 2020
ISBN: 978-1542004268
Publisher: Thomas & Mercer
The Wrong Side

A battle-worn lawyer fights for a young man’s life...

Teen pop star Brittany Crutcher is found dead in small-town Tennessee. For attorney Bocephus Haynes, it’s just another night in Pulaski. Bo swore off criminal work after his last case, but the beloved singer’s murder demands answers.

The prime suspect is local high school football hero and the victim’s boyfriend, Odell Champagne. However, this fallen athlete is one of Bo’s son’s best friends. Bo knows this young man and does not believe him capable of the crime.

When Odell is charged with murder, Bo reluctantly takes the case, sparking outrage throughout the town. But as Bo follows the evidence, he learns that the victim made decisions in her last hours that would give powerful forces motive to harm her. Feeling mounting pressure from the community and the DA, Bo forges ahead. But as the seconds count down, he wonders whether justice is even possible.

Author: Robert Bailey
First Release: 2021
ISBN: 978-1542025935
Publisher: Thomas & Mercer

Jason Rich

Rich Blood

A lawyer who takes on his sister’s case ends up confronting small-town secrets and family skeletons.

Attorney Jason Rich has made a fortune off other people’s bad luck. His billboard slogan―“In an accident? Get Rich!”―accosts motorists on highways from Alabama to Florida. As ambulance chasers go, he’s exceptional.

But after a recent divorce and a stint in rehab, Jason has hit a rough patch. And things only get worse when his sister, Jana, is accused of her husband’s murder. Even though Jason has no experience trying criminal cases, Jana begs him to represent her.

Jason has mixed feelings about returning to Lake Guntersville, Alabama―and even more reservations about diving back into his sister’s life. Between the drugs, the affairs, and a tendency to gaslight everyone in her inner circle, Jana has plenty of enemies in town.

But did Jana hire someone to kill her husband? Jason isn’t so sure. He heads back to his hometown to unravel the truth and face off against opponents old and new.

Author: Robert Bailey
First Release: 2022
ISBN: 978-1542037273
Publisher: Thomas & Mercer
Rich Waters

A haunting legal thriller about the price of redemption for a billboard lawyer who takes a case he can’t win in a town he can’t forget.

Now that attorney Jason Rich has returned home to Guntersville, Alabama, the “In an accident? Get rich!” lawyer is anxious to leave his checkered past behind. Jason hopes this next chapter in his life will be a chance to confront his personal troubles while making amends with his family.

But when a former high school football star stands accused of killing a police officer, Jason is unwillingly thrust into the chaos. The local meth king blackmails Jason into defending the alleged murderer, and Jason knows he can’t refuse. With the lives of his family and closest friends on the line, he takes the obviously unwinnable case.

As Jason dives into the investigation, he vows to dismantle the meth empire gripping his hometown. But as he confronts alternative suspects and follows new leads, Jason realizes that everyone has secrets to hide and interests to protect—at any cost.

Author: Robert Bailey
First Release: 2023
Ebook: B0B564T6VW
Publisher: Thomas & Mercer

McMurtie & Drake

The Professor

Law professor Thomas Jackson McMurtrie literally wrote the book on evidence in the state of Alabama. But when a power-hungry colleague uses a recent run-in between McMurtrie and headstrong student Rick Drake to end his career, he is left unsure what to do next.

Meanwhile, a devastating trucking accident in Henshaw, Alabama, leaves a young family dead. Drake, now a fledgling lawyer, takes the case against the freight carrier and soon begins to uncover the truth behind the tragedy that is buried in a tangled web of arson, bribery, and greed. On the eve of the trial and with his case unraveling in the midst of a dangerous cover-up that threatens to silence his star witnesses, Drake realizes that only his estranged mentor, Professor McMurtrie, can help him now.

With everything to lose and only justice to gain, will McMurtrie and Drake overcome bad blood to defeat a ruthless adversary? Can the Professor turn back the clock and recover all that he’s lost?

Author: Robert Bailey
First Release: 2014
ISBN: 978-1503945548
Publisher: Thomas & Mercer
Between Black and White

In 1966 in Pulaski, Tennessee, Bocephus Haynes watched in horror as his father was brutally murdered by ten local members of the Ku Klux Klan. As an African American lawyer practicing in the birthplace of the Klan years later, Bo has spent his life pursuing justice in his father’s name. But when Andy Walton, the man believed to have led the lynch mob forty-five years earlier, ends up murdered in the same spot as Bo’s father, Bo becomes the prime suspect.

Retired law professor Tom McMurtrie, Bo’s former teacher and friend, is a year removed from returning to the courtroom. Now McMurtrie and his headstrong partner, Rick Drake, must defend Bo on charges of capital murder while hunting for Andy Walton’s true killer. In a courtroom clash that will put their reputations and lives at stake, can McMurtrie and Drake release Bo from a lifetime of despair? Or will justice remain hidden somewhere between black and white?

Author: Robert Bailey
First Release: 2016
ISBN: 978-1503953079
Publisher: Thomas & Mercer
The Last Trial

Former law professor Tom McMurtrie has brought killers to justice, and taken on some of the most infamous cases in Alabama’s history. Now he’s tackling his greatest challenge.

McMurtrie’s old nemesis, Jack Willistone, is found dead on the banks of the Black Warrior River. Willistone had his share of enemies, but all evidence points to a forgotten, broken woman as the killer. At the urging of the suspect’s desperate fourteen-year-old daughter, McMurtrie agrees to take the case.

But as seasoned as McMurtrie is, even he isn’t prepared for how personal and dangerous this case is going to get. With the trial drawing near and his sharp young partner, Rick Drake, dealing with a family tragedy, he recruits his best friend, Bocephus Haynes, to help investigate.

As key witnesses disappear and old demons return, time becomes McMurtrie’s most fearsome opponent. Soon loyalties will be tested and the boundaries of law will be broken as McMurtrie fights to save his legacy―and his client’s life―before the truth is buried forever in the muddy waters of the Black Warrior.

Author: Robert Bailey
First Release: 2018
ISBN: 978-1503953147
Publisher: Thomas & Mercer
The Final Reckoning

His last challenge: live long enough to save the lives of those he loves.

Cold-blooded killer JimBone Wheeler blames Tom McMurtrie for putting him on death row. He once vowed that he’d bring “a reckoning” on Tom and everyone the southern lawyer holds dear. When Wheeler escapes from prison, he aims to fulfill his promise. Victim by victim, he’s getting closer to his ultimate target. But for Tom, who’s dying of cancer, the role of savior and protector is a struggle that is becoming more desperate by the hour.

As the body count mounts, Tom, his partner, Rick Drake, and his best friend, Bocephus Haynes, brace for a confrontation like nothing they have ever faced before. This battle will be waged not in a courthouse but on the streets and fields of north Alabama. With all those he loves at risk, Tom must save his family, his friends, and his legacy from a killer whose hunger for retribution knows no bounds.

Now, as time ticks down and fate and vengeance close in, who will survive Wheeler’s final reckoning?

Author: Robert Bailey
First Release: 2019
ISBN: 978-1503902268
Publisher: Thomas & Mercer