Paul A. Barra’s last novel, “Westfarrow Island,” published by The Permanent Press, was called “exciting” by Publishers Weekly.
PW said, in part: "The relentless action in the dual story lines keeps the reader engrossed. Barra offers it all: murder, smuggling, chase scenes, romance, and international intrigue.” It was shortlisted for the Silver Falchion award. His short story, Assignment: Sheepshead Bay, was selected for the MWA anthology “When a Stranger Comes to Town,” released by Hanover Square Press in April 2021.
Barra has had five novels published, plus a non-fiction book about the founding of a Catholic high school without diocesan approval. He is a decorated former naval officer, was a reporter for local papers and the senior staff writer for the diocese of Charleston.