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Robert Dugoni

The Jury Master

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Robert Dugoni was born in Pocatello, Idaho and raised in Burlingame, California. Growing up the middle child in a family of ten siblings, Dugoni jokes that he didn't get much of a chance to talk, so he wrote. By the seventh grade he knew he wanted to be a writer.

Dugoni wrote his way to Stanford University where he majored in communications/journalism and creative writing and worked as a reporter for the Stanford Daily. He graduated Phi Beta Kappa and worked briefly as a reporter in the Metro and San Gabriel Valley Offices of the Los Angeles Times.

In what he calls "a moment of insanity" Dugoni attended the UCLA law school and has practiced law in San Francisco and Seattle. While practicing law he satisfied his artistic thirst studying acting at the American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco, appearing in equity and non-equity shows throughout the San Francisco Bay Area. His longing to return to writing never wavered, however, and in 1999 he made the decision to quit law and write novels. On the 4-year anniversary of his wedding, he drove a u-haul trailer across the Oregon-Washington border and settled in Seattle to pursue his dreams.

For the next three years, Dugoni worked in an 8 x 8 foot windowless office in Seattle’s Pioneer Square. He completed three novels and won the 1999 and 2000 Pacific Northwest Writer's Conference Literary Contests.

Dugoni's non-fiction expose, The Cyanide Canary, published in 2004, chronicled the investigation, prosecution, and aftermath surrounding an environmental crime in Soda Springs, Idaho. It became a Washington Post

Dugoni's debut novel, The Jury Master is a New York Times bestseller. Deadly Pleasures Mystery Magazine chose it as one of three "Best of the Best" debut novels of 2006 and The Seattle Times and Library JournalThe Jury Master, "A riveting tale of murder, skullduggery and treachery at the highest level."

Dugoni's second novel, Damage Control, reached number 8 on several national independent bookseller's lists. Publisher's Weekly and Library Journal called Damage Control "a page turner" with "a fast moving plot and a few twists that will surprise even seasoned thriller readers." Best Book of the year, and the Idaho Book of the Year. have likened Dugoni to a young John Grisham, calling

Dugoni recently signed a two book deal with Touchstone/Fireside, a division of Simon and Schuster. His next novel, Wrongful Death, a sequel to The Jury Master, and will be released April 2009. When the widow of a national guardsman killed in Iraq asks Sloane to sue the United States government he must determine is the soldier died incident to his service or from more nefarious circumstances while fighting to keep those he loves from becoming the next casualties.

In addition to writing novels Dugoni teaches the craft of writing throughout the United States. For more information, visit his website at www.robertdugoni.com

GENRE(S): Fiction Novel