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Pacific Northwest
About Me:
I am a mystery novelist, true crime writer, and literary criminologist. My mysteries include STATE'S EVIDENCE (Dorchester, 2006), JUSTICE SERVED (Dorchester, 2005), and PERSUASIVE EVIDENCE (Dorchester, 2004). JUSTICE SERVED was a Finalist in the 2005 Romantic Times Reviewers' Choice awards.

My true crime book, THE SEX SLAVE MURDERS (St. Martin's Press, 1996), was a bestseller. I recently taped an interview for an upcoming episode of the Investigation Discovery channel's new series about pair killers, Wicked Attraction. I talk about serial killer husband and wife, Gerald and Charlene Gallego--the basis for THE SEX SLAVE MURDERS.

The episode will debut in September 2008.

I also appeared recently on the Biography Channel's popular Crime Stories, in which I talked about the Gallegos and their sexual serial murders. The episode, "The Love Slave Murders," is now available on DVD.

I have more than thirty criminology books to my credit, including FEMALE CRIME, CRIMINALS AND CELLMATES (McFarland, 2008), DRUGS, ALCOHOL AND CRIMINALITY (McFarland, 2008), SEX CRIMES (Charles C Thomas, 2006), THE ADOLESCENT CRIMINAL (McFarland, 2008), MURDERS IN THE UNITED STATES (McFarland, 2004), and MALE CRIME AND DEVIANCE (Charles C Thomas, 2003).

Writing crime nonfiction allows me to tap into the details of real life criminality in creating credible and riveting crime fiction stories.

Speaking of which, apart from my books, I also have a number of short story mysteries in the Amazon Shorts program, including, "Ripper--Part 1," "Deception--Part 1," "The Jury Has Spoken," "Gone But Not Forgotten," and "No Going Back."

My noir story, "The Wrong End of A Gun Barrel," will appear in SEATTLE NOIR from Akashic Books award-winning Noir Series. It will be published in spring 2009.

I am also the editor of a collection of mystery short stories from award winning, bestselling members of the American Crime Writers League. MURDER PAST, MURDER PRESENT will be published by Twilight Times in the summer of 2009.

I am a recipient of the Wall of Fame Award from my alma mater, Michigan State University's renowned School of Criminal Justice.

I enjoy life and living in the beautiful and laid-back Pacific Northwest, but also like traveling to other parts of this great country, especially Hawaii and California; as well as abroad.
I Am A:
Writer, Editor
Books And Authors I Like:
I love legal thrillers, psychological suspense, romantic suspense, cozies, private eye, and inspirational mysteries. My favorite authors include Robert Ludlum, Mickey Spillane, James Patterson, Dashiell Hammett, Anita Shreve, Jayne Ann Krentz, Lorena McCourtney, Tess Gerritsen, Brenda Novak, and Karen Robards.
Favorite books include--84 Charing Cross Road, Far From the Madding Crowd, Hound of the Baskervilles, Celebrity, The Fatal Shore, and Class Reunion.
Movies And TV Shows I Like:
North by Northwest, The Big Chill, Portrait of Jennie, To Sir With Love, The Sound of Music, Laura, What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?, The Graduate, Valley of the Dolls, House of Crazies, Gentleman Prefer Blondes, Rich Man, Poor Man; Dark Night of the Scarecrow, The Fugitive, Dark Shadows, Mike Hammer, The Immortal, The Big Valley, Gunsmoke, Time Tunnel, Land of the Giants, One Step Beyond, Footballer$ Wives, Prime Suspect, Bad Girls, McLeod's Daughters, Love My Way, Prison Break, Cold Case, Dirt, and Lost.

PROSTITUTION IN THE DIGITAL AGE: Selling Sex From the Street to the Suite by R. Barri Flowers

A frank look at the commercial sex-for-sale industry in the 21st century.

Prostitution—often referred to as "the world's oldest profession"—is flourishing in the digital age. In the United States alone, an estimated $14 billion is generated in annual revenue from the sex trade industry. Worldwide revenue from the commercial sex trade industry is estimated at topping $100 billion each year.

In spite of the often glamorized depictions of the sex-for-sale industry in fiction, Hollywood , and popular media, for most prostituted young women and men there the sex trade is all about sexual exploitation, abuse, and violence. Runaways and thrownaways are particularly vulnerable to pimps, johns, and pornographers.

However, the Internet age of prostitution has proven to be a boom for upper class prostitutes, especially the super elite ladies of the night, many of whom earn hundreds of thousands a year plying the trade.

Legal prostitution in the U.S. exists only in Nevada, giving brothel sex workers a viable alternative to illegal prostitution, but is still fraught with risks and competition from prostitutes still working the streets or hotels of Las Vegas and Reno.

PROSTITUTION IN THE DIGITAL AGE explores all the highs and lows of the sex trade indiustry in today's world. It goes on sale April 2011.

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Alive in the Rose City (Dean Drake Mysteries Book 2) by R. Barri Flowers

From award-winning literary criminologist and bestselling crime novelist R. Barri Flowers, author of the acclaimed Dean Drake hard-boiled mystery Dead in the Rose City, comes the much-anticipated sequel, Alive in the Rose City (Dean Drake Mysteries Book 2).

Dean Jeremy Drake, a six-five, biracial private eye, nicknamed…


Posted on July 11, 2019 at 3:49am

Night Killers: A Crime Thriller Novel

Night Killers is a suspense thriller and police procedural mystery novel by award-winning and bestselling crime writer R. Barri Flowers.

Trudy Clawson is a homicide detective with the police department in Night, Oregon. She is paired with FBI special agent Daryl Hatcher in pursuit of a diabolical serial killer with the moniker, “The…


Posted on July 11, 2019 at 3:46am

Murder During the Chicago World's Fair: The Killing of Little Emma Werner

From R. Barri Flowers, award-winning criminologist and bestselling author of Murder at the Pencil Factory and Murder of the Banker's Daughter comes the powerful historical true crime short, Murder During the Chicago World's Fair: The Killing of Little Emma Werner.

On Tuesday, May 9, 1893, seven-year-old Emma Werner was the victim of a brutal…


Posted on August 4, 2017 at 8:07am

Deadly Defense: A Grace Gaynor Christian Mystery

Deadly Defense: A Grace Gaynor Christian Mystery is a taut psychological suspense and legal thriller by bestselling crime writer R. Barri Flowers.

Three years ago, Miami defense attorney Grace Gaynor was the victim of a violent sexual assault in which she killed her attacker. She has been undergoing therapy to deal with the…


Posted on August 4, 2017 at 8:04am

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At 11:19am on October 29, 2010, David Lohr said…
Glad to see you on here Barry!
At 12:28am on August 19, 2009, Preetham Grandhi said…
Hi R. Barry , I want to introduce you to my debut novel "A Circle of souls" which is a murder, mystery, psychological thriller and a tale of justice and hope. Do visit www.acircleofsouls.com to read more about the book. Make sure you sign up to win an autographed copy of the book. You can also read more reviews by clicking on the More Reviews button at the website. 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 5:30am on March 23, 2009, adele gunter said…
Thank you am happy you replied i will get some books now i know where to go.x
At 8:12pm on January 31, 2009, Vikki Petraitis said…
Hi Barri,
Tell me more about what you want. What sort of anthology? What sorts of stories do you have already?
At 6:05am on November 30, 2008, D K Gaston said…
Hey Barri, I checked out your website and see you write several different genres. Do you find it difficult to bounce between crime and romance?

At 5:41am on November 24, 2008, Sylvia Hubbard said…
hey handsome. fancy meeting you here!!!

if you want to keep up with other michigan's literary community, join www.motownwriters.ning.com

I'm also a blogger at Michigan Murder & Mayhem.


At 1:57pm on September 15, 2007, D K Gaston said…
Hi Barri, thanks for becoming my friend. It's alway nice to meet a fellow Detroiter, past or present.
At 2:30am on September 7, 2007, Elizabeth Zelvin said…
Thanks for asking what Death Will Sober is about, Barri. :) It's about a guy who wakes up in detox on the Bowery on Xmas Day and realizes he'd better change his life, but he's afraid he'll die of boredom if he drinks again, so he investigates a murder. :) I just found out the book's available for preorder on Amazon, and I'm wildly excited. Liz
At 10:45am on September 5, 2007, Kelli Stanley said…
Thanks, Barri!

I have seen Clash By Night--I love Barbara and Robert Ryan--terrific actors.

If you want something very, very noir, try "The Strange Love of Martha Ivers" with Barbara, Kirk Douglas, and Van Heflin. :)

Take care!

At 5:21am on September 4, 2007, Elizabeth Zelvin said…
Thanks for the comment, Barri, and happy Labor Day. :)

Death Will Get You Sober (St. Martin's, April 2008)

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