Robert J. Randisi

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Robert Joseph Randisi
Born (1951-08-24) August 24, 1951 (age 69)
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 who writes in the detective and Western genres.


He 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."[citation needed]

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 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]

Notable characters appearing in some of his novels include "Miles Jacoby," "Joe Keough," "Nick Delvecchio," "Gil and Claire Hunt," Truxton Lerwis," "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". 26 July 2011. Retrieved 19 April 2021.
  2. ^ "Eileen Davidson - Co-author Robert Randisi". 29 January 2013. Retrieved 19 April 2021.
  3. ^ "Robert J. Randisi - Severn House Publishers".
  4. ^ "Piccadilly Publishing - J.R.Roberts Author Page". Retrieved 19 April 2021.

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