Monday, May 14, 2012
Rick Robinson’s new “Writ of Mandamus’
named best indie suspense/thriller of 2012
Northern Kentucky author Rick Robinson has another award-winning book of fiction to his credit, as his new independently published book, “Writ of Mandamus” has been named best suspense/thriller of 2012 by the Next Generation Indie Book Awards. It will be presented June 5 in New York City.
Robinson, an occasional columnist for KyForward and a regular columnist for the Daily Caller, is a lawyer living in Northern Kentucky. For 30 years he has been active in politics – from advising candidates to walking door-to-door in city council races to serving as legislative director/chief council for Congressman Jim Bunning.
His previous books include The Maximum Contribution, Sniper Bid, Manifest Destiny and Strange Bedfellow, a collection of his political humor columns, which are on sale for 99 cents each on Kindle.
In Writ of Mandamus, his character, Congressman Richard Thompson’s reelection campaign is sent into a tailspin when his opponent files a lawsuit asking the Court to order that Thompson live up to his campaign promises and vote against a pending federal spending bill. Thompson’s efforts to dodge the issue thrust him into the middle of a nefarious business deal where arms dealers are using the Keeneland horse sales to illegally run F-14 Tomcat parts to the government of Iran.
In a fast-paced story that travels from the storied horse farms of Kentucky to the green fields of Ireland, Thompson is forced to realize that more is at stake than simply a campaign. In the end, an unlikely hero steps forward to make his future path clear.
Robinson’s first book, The Maximum Contribution, was named a finalist in the 2008 Next Generation Indie Books Awards in political fiction. It also won an Honorable Mention at the 2008 Hollywood Book Festival.
His last book, Sniper Bid, was released on Election Day 2009 and opened on Amazon’s Top 100 Best Seller list at #46 for political fiction. Sniper Bid has earned 5 national awards: Finalist USA Book News Best Books of 2009; Finalist Best Indie Novel Next Generation Indie Books Awards; Runner-up at the 2009 Nashville Book Festival; Honorable Mentions at the 2008 New England Book Festival and the 2009 Hollywood Book Festival. Throughout 2009 both books appeared on Amazon’s Top 100 Best Seller List on the same day.
A graduate of Eastern Kentucky University and Salmon P. Chase College of Law, Robinson currently practices law in Ft. Mitchell with the law firm of Graydon Head & Ritchey LLP. He and his wife Linda, live in Ft. Mitchell with their three children, Josh, Zach and MacKenzie.
He will be at Joseph-Beth Booksellers in Crestview Hills at 7 p.m. on Tuesday to sign copies of his books. Writ of Mandamus is also available on Amazon.