Robert J. Randisi

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Robert Joseph Randisi
Born (1951-08-24) August 24, 1951 (age 72)
Brooklyn, New York
Pen nameJ. R. Roberts
GenreDetective fiction, Western fiction
Notable worksThe Gunsmith series; The Rat Pack series
Notable awardsLifetime Achievement from The Private Eye Writers of America; Lifetime Achievement from Western Fictioneers; Lifetime Achievement from The Short Mystery Fiction Society; John Seigenthaler Humanitarian Award from Killer Nashville; Lifetime Achievement Award from the Southwest Mystery Convention

Robert Joseph Randisi (born August 24, 1951) is an American author, editor and screenwriter who writes in the detective and Western genres.


Randisi has authored more than 650 published books and has edited more than 30 anthologies of short stories. Booklist magazine said he "may be the last of the pulp writers". He has had a book published every month since January 1982. In 1984 he wrote 27 books in 12 months.[citation needed]

He co-founded and edited Mystery Scene magazine and co-founded the American Crime Writers League. He founded The Private Eye Writers of America in 1981, where he created the Shamus Award.[1] He co-founded The American Crime Writers League; co-founded Western Fictioneers, and co=created The Peacemaker award.[citation needed]

He has co-written several mystery novels with soap opera actress Eileen Davidson: Death in Daytime (2008), Dial Emmy for Murder (2009), Diva Las Vegas (2010), and Swinging in the Rain (2011).[2] Collaborated with actor, and poker commentator Vince Van Patten on "The Picasso Flop" and 'The Judgment Fold."

Notable characters appearing in some of his novels include "Miles Jacoby", "Joe Keough", "Nick Delvecchio", "Gil and Claire Hunt", "Truxton Lewis", "Eddie G." and The Rat Pack.[3] As J. R. Roberts, he has written over 500 adult westerns featuring his character "Clint Adams - The Gunsmith".[4]


  1. ^ "ROBERT J. RANDISI". July 26, 2011. Archived from the original on 2011-07-26. Retrieved April 19, 2021.
  2. ^ "Eileen Davidson - Co-author Robert Randisi". January 29, 2013. Archived from the original on 2013-01-29. Retrieved April 19, 2021.
  3. ^ "Robert J. Randisi - Severn House Publishers".
  4. ^ "Piccadilly Publishing - J.R.Roberts Author Page". Retrieved April 19, 2021.

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