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Barry Bowe was born in Nanticoke, Pennsylvania, to Polish immigrant parents. A jock in high school, the Naval Academy recruited him to play football and sent him to the Naval Academy Prep School in Bainbridge, Maryland. But he got kicked out of the program two days before the beginning of Plebe Summer.
He subsequently lived in Philadelphia, New York, Fort Lauderdale, Venice Beach, Palm Springs, and the island of St. Croix. Before becoming America's Best Crime Writer, he fronted a rock group, managed fitness clubs, and taught algebra, geometry, and trig.
Warner Books published BORN TO BE WILD in 1992 - a true-crime saga about outlaw motorcycle gangs - and it's still selling on Amazon to this day. Simultaneously, Bastei Verlag translated the book into German and published it as DER WILDE. Plus, it was a Main Selection of the Doubleday Book Club.
Prior to that, Barry wrote nearly 150 magazine articles for Official Detective - true murder cases from coast to coast, as well as on the islands of Puerto Rico, St. Croix, and St. Thomas.
He's worked with some of the best homicide detectives in the country, testified as an expert witness at biker trials in federal court, and worked on a defense team with Dick DeGuerin in Houston, Texas - the latter in regard to Operation Lightning Strike, an FBI undercover sting of the Johnson Space Center. At that time, Barry spent three months in a safe house near Clear Lake, Texas, as potential collateral damage.
Barry moved from true crime to crime fiction ten years ago. Inspired by true cases he covered and real people he met, his fiction hits hard and rings true while combining murder and pursuit with parallel love stories.
He started his writing career in newspapers and was the first sports reporter to put future NBA Hall of Famer Tim Duncan's name on the sports pages. To this day he remains a huge sports fan - especially for the Philadelphia Eagles and Phillies - and has written a couple sports books.