Barri L. Bumgarner
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  • Columbia, MO
  • United States
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Columbia, MO
About Me:
Missouri native, Barri L. Bumgarner, is an award-winning author and speaker. In addition to publishing more than 50 articles and 30 poems, her fourth novel, Playing the Line is set to release soon. Playing the Line is the much-anticipated prequel to her first novel, 8 Days. Jim Bohannon, nationwide radio host for Westwood One Radio, regarding her novel Slipping, said, “This serial killer drama makes for a taut read from a rising star of the thriller. Remember the name: Barri Bumgarner.” Police officer consultant Jessie Pitman wrote, “Bumgarner has captured the essence of what it’s like being a female cop. I can’t vouch for the killer, but she sure made me believe!”

Barri’s first young adult novel, Dregs, took second place for the 2008 Walter Williams Major Work Award. Dregs tackles the tough issues of bullies, steroids, and what it takes to push a teenager to bring a gun to school. The book has already received attention from other notable award committees, including the American Library Association and the Gateway Readers Award.

Barri’s current project is her first true crime work, Shades of Gray: The Steven Rios Story, the headline-grabbing tale of a police officer convicted of killing his lover. Barri has obtained exclusive interviews with officer Rios and hopes to finish the work in 2009, assuming there isn't another retrial.

Visit Barri online at her website or at MySpace.
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Books And Authors I Like:
Harlan Coben, Dean Koontz, James Patterson, Richard North Patterson, Philip Margolin, Thomas Harris, Greg Isles, and Tami Hoag, Peter Straub, Stephen King, Truman Capote, Barbara Kingsolver, Ayn Rand, JK Rowling, Jodi Picoult, Sue Monk Kidd, Jane Smiley, Billie Letts, Pat Conroy, Prince of Tides, Beach Music, In Cold Blood, Silence of the Lambs, Gone But Not Forgotten, Along Came a Spider, the Odd Thomas series, The Stand, Grapes of Wrath, Rebecca, Atlas Shrugged, We Were the Mulvaney's, Secret Life of Bees
Movies And TV Shows I Like:
Stranger Than Fiction, Atonement, No Country For Old Men, Crash, Capote, Juno, Memento, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Star Wars (5 of the 6), Independence Day, (and all those great apocalyptic thrillers…), Lethal Weapon and Die Hard series (favorites!!), Pursuit of Happyness, Gone With the Wind, Psycho, The Shining, Silence of the Lambs, Places in the Heart, On Golden Pond, Dead Poet's Society

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Poetic License

On a recent episode of “CSI,” Nick Stokes waltzed into the lab, gun in holster from a near shooting with a suspect at a crime scene, and proceeded to run tests on a bullet fragment. You can call it poetic license or you can call it fiction. In the real world, lab techs are lab techs, and the field agents investigate crime scenes—period. And to top that off, most don’t carry weapons and are not part of the police force. They spend their days…

Posted on August 18, 2010 at 1:14pm

Cop-Out Defenses

German Poet Christian Friedrich Hebbel coined it best when he said, "Whoever wants to be a judge of human nature should study people's excuses." Those have reached bizarre heights in the courtroom. The most ludicrous could very well be the Twinkie defense. It helped Dan White get an involuntary manslaughter verdict instead of first degree murder for killing San…

Posted on July 14, 2010 at 12:49pm — 2 Comments

The Art of Murder

A naysayer has issued a call for “Criminal Minds” to be canceled, because she felt the recent episode,… Continue

Posted on June 30, 2010 at 1:38pm

Presumption of Innocence – or Not

Think Atlanta summer Olympics – Richard Jewell – a victim of a ‘trial by media.’ Eric Robert Rudolph was later found to have been the bomber, and does his name even ring a bell? He pled guilty to that bombing, as well as several others. The mayor of Atlanta publicly thanked Jewell in 2006, recognizing him as the hero we all initially thought he was. Almost exactly a year… Continue

Posted on May 31, 2010 at 12:40pm

Mixing politics and school…

So I've been mired in a new school year of teaching classes, the last of my PhD courses, and just life in general. But an issue is burning for I'm resurrecting my blog from the brink of obscurity.

So the issue begins... Regardless of which side of the political spectrum you lean toward (and don't many of us actually hover somewhere in that middle space now known as No-Man's Land?), we still live in America. But something a local radio host said in Columbia last week bothered… Continue

Posted on October 6, 2009 at 12:44pm — 2 Comments

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At 10:21am on July 4, 2009, Preetham Grandhi said…
Hi Barri, I want to introduce you to my debut novel "A Circle of souls" which is a paranormal, murder, mystery thriller and a tale of justice and hope. Do visit to read more about the book. Make sure you sign up to win an autographed copy of the book. Thanks for your time in advance.

Best regards

Preetham Grandhi

Early Endorsements for “A Circle of Souls”

Linda Fairstein, NYT Bestselling Author: "A fascinating debut - this novel takes the reader to the darkest places in the human soul, from a writer with the authenticity to lead us there. A stunning thriller and an important read."

Judge Judy Sheindlin, star of the Judge Judy Show: "The seminal work of this fine author kept me glued to my chair until the adventure was over and the mystery solved. A great read!"

Book Synopsis:

The sleepy town of Newbury, Connecticut, is shocked when a little girl is found brutally murdered. The town s top detective, perplexed by a complete lack of leads, calls in FBI agent Leia Bines, an expert in cases involving children.

Meanwhile, Dr. Peter Gram, a psychiatrist at Newbury s hospital, searches desperately for the cause of seven-year-old Naya Hastings devastating nightmares. Afraid that she might hurt herself in the midst of a torturous episode, Naya s parents have turned to the bright young doctor as their only hope.

The situations confronting Leia and Peter converge when Naya begins drawing chilling images of murder after being bombarded by the disturbing images in her dreams. Amazingly, her sketches are the only clues to the crime that has panicked Newbury residents. Against her better judgment, Leia explores the clues in Naya s crude drawings, only to set off an alarming chain of events.
In this stunning psychological thriller, innocence gives way to evil, and trust lies forgotten in a web of deceit, fear, and murder.
At 4:34am on December 9, 2008, Peery said…
AWESOME JOB today on truTV!
At 2:27am on August 25, 2008, L.J. Sellers said…
Hi Barri
Congratulations on all your publishing success!
At 3:46pm on May 23, 2008, Pepper Smith said…
Not too bad. Are you presenting at the Muse Online Conference this year? Dave Webb and I are doing a suspense workshop.
At 7:51am on May 22, 2008, Pepper Smith said…
Hey Barri, long time no see. Welcome to Crimespace!

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