Randall Hicks

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Randall Hicks
Randall Hicks at Bouchercon, 2006
Randall Hicks at Bouchercon, 2006
Born (1956-10-28) October 28, 1956 (age 65)
Orange, California
OccupationAuthor and attorney
Alma materPepperdine University School of Law
Notable awardsGumshoe Award (Best Debut Novel)

Randall Hicks is an American writer and attorney.

Early life[edit]

Randall Bruce Hicks was born in Orange, California. He worked as an actor, under the screen name, Randy Shepard, in small TV and film roles commencing in 1980: When Hell Was in Session (TV movie), Cutter's Way (film)[1] and Escape! (network TV pilot).[2] In 1982 he moved to Nice, France and worked as an English teacher, before returning to the United States to attend law school and commencing the practice of law in 1986, graduating from Pepperdine University School of Law.[3]

Legal career[edit]

Randall Hicks's legal career has been focused on adoption law[4] and he has authored several books on that subject.[5]

Writing career[edit]

Hicks's first books were non-fiction on the subject of adoption. His first novel, The Baby Game, won the 2006 Gumshoe Award[6] and was a finalist for the Anthony Award,[7] Barry Award[8] and Macavity Award[9] (Best First Novel).


Non-Fiction Books[edit]

  • Adopting in California (1992)[10]
  • Adopting in California, Revised Edition (1999)
  • ADOPTING IN AMERICA: How To Adopt Within One Year (five editions, 1992–2011)[11][12]
  • ADOPTION: The Essential Guide to Adopting Quickly and Safely (2007)[13]
  • STEP PARENTING: 50 One-Minute DOs & DON'Ts for Stepdads & Stepmoms (2016)[14]

Fiction Books[edit]

Children's Books[edit]

  • Adoption Stories for Young Children (1995)


  1. ^ "Randy Shepard filmography". IMDb.com. IMDb. Retrieved January 15, 2017.
  2. ^ "Escape – 1980". Hollywood.com. Hollywood.com. Retrieved January 15, 2017.
  3. ^ "Fallbook Mystery Writer Finds Novel Niche". San Diego Union Tribune.
  4. ^ Brunet, Elena (December 6, 1990). "Clipboard: How to Adopt a Child". Los Angeles Times. No. (Orange County Edition).
  5. ^ Mansnesus, Laura. "Market Puts Price Tags on the Priceless". New York Times. Retrieved January 13, 2017.
  6. ^ "Gumshoe Awards 2006". awradsandwinners.com. awardsandwinners.com. Retrieved January 29, 2017.
  7. ^ "Winners and Nominees 2000s". bouchercon.com. Bouchercon Inc. Retrieved January 29, 2017.
  8. ^ "Barry Awards". deadlypleasures.com. Deadly Pleasures Magazine. Archived from the original on April 23, 2012. Retrieved January 29, 2017.
  9. ^ "Macavity Awards". mysteryreaders.org. Mystery Readers International. Retrieved January 29, 2017.
  10. ^ "Independent Adoption Subject of Lawyers' Book". Orange County Register. July 14, 1992.
  11. ^ Zaslow, Jeffrey (March 10, 1998). "Jeffrey Zaslow's Column". Chicago Sun-Times.
  12. ^ "Adopting in America review". publishersweekly.com. Publishers Weekly. Retrieved January 25, 2017.
  13. ^ "Adoption: The Essential Guide Review". parentguidenews.com. Media Network Corporation. Retrieved January 25, 2017.
  14. ^ Smith, Juliane. "Teen-Parent Trust, Creative Block Play, Blended Families, Tech Education – Parenting Reviews November 1, 2016". Library Journal. Library Journal. Retrieved January 13, 2017.
  15. ^ Klett, Rex (July 2005). "Mystery Reviews". Library Journal: 56.
  16. ^ "The Baby Game – Book Review". Publishers Weekly. PublishersWeekly. Retrieved January 13, 2017.
  17. ^ "Baby Crimes review". publishersweekly.com. Publishers Weekly. Retrieved January 25, 2017.
  18. ^ Winter, James R. (September 2007). "From Cradle to Crime". January Magazine. Retrieved January 30, 2017.