Christopher Bartley, a pen name, is a clinical psychologist and a professor at the University of Hawaii in Hilo, Hawaii, and he also directs research at The Menninger Clinic in Houston, Texas. He conducts clinical trials, epidemiology, and mental health services research, mostly with prisoners and combat veterans with posttraumatic stress disorder. He has written over 200 scientific publications, including a recent paper on military suicides, alcoholism, and psychiatric illnesses among Union Forces during the U.S. Civil War.
He has had an interest in American history since hearing a first-hand account of the Battle of San Juan Hill from his great-grandfather as a child, and then later learning about his father’s military service in Vietnam. He is fascinated with the history of jazz, gangsters, bank robbers and baseball, all of which seemed to converge in the 1920’s, 30’s and 40’s. Setting this novel just after prohibition allowed him to delve into one of his favorite periods.
This is his first Ross Duncan novel. His second, "Sleep Not, My Child," will be published in the spring of 2013. His email address is email@example.com.