“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, 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

“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.

“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

The First McMurtie & Drake Investigation

The Professor (T&M 3)“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 McMurtie and Drake, combining the thrills and authenticity of a John Grisham novel for the audience that flocked to Friday Night Lights.

US/CAN: January 28, 2014

UK: February 6, 2014

The Second McMurtie & Drake Investigation


Between Black and White coverIn 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?

March 15, 2016