Bruce Hartman
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Bruce Hartman

Bruce Hartman lives with his wife in Philadelphia. He has worked as a pianist, bookseller and attorney and has been writing fiction for many years. His eighth novel, a legal thriller entitled THE DEVIL'S CHAPLAIN, was published in May, 2018. This book tells the story of a young attorney, Charlotte Ambler, who volunteers to represent a death row inmate, a once-prominent biologist named Christopher Ritter, who asserts his innocence but doesn't regard his life as worth saving. Charlotte fights to save him in spite of himself as the clock ticks toward the execution date. In this gripping tale of deception and self-deception, betrayal and violence, lawyer and client find common ground in their quest for justice and human values.

Award-winning crime writer Ken Bruen (author of the Jack Taylor series) had this to say about THE DEVIL'S CHAPLAIN:

"Brilliant!... It is one of the finest depictions of evil I have ever read and is a superb depiction of manipulation.... It is also a highly entertaining mystery with a heroine as compelling as she is gutsy."

Bruce Hartman's seventh novel, POTLATCH, a satirical comedy set in Philadelphia, was published in 2017. Readers' Favorite Book Reviews called it "one of the most amusing reads ever to be published."

POTLATCH is the second entry in a projected trilogy which began with A BUTTERFLY IN PHILADELPHIA, which has garnered a following on Amazon, sometimes reaching No. 3 on the paid best-seller list for literary satire. Jack Magnus of Readers' Favorite Book Reviews called BUTTERFLY "one of the strange comic masterpieces that you're quite lucky to run across once in a very great while."

Bruce Hartman's other books have been mysteries. His first novel, PERFECTLY HEALTHY MAN DROPS DEAD, won the Salvo Press Mystery Novel Award and was published by Salvo Press in 2008. His second book, THE RULES OF DREAMING, published by Swallow Tail Press in 2013, was awarded Kirkus Star for Books of Exceptional Merit. Kirkus Reviews called it "a mind-bending marriage of ambitious literary theory and classic murder mystery" and selected it as one of its "Top 100 Indie Books of 2013." Another mystery, THE MUSE OF VIOLENCE, was also published in 2013.

THE PHILOSOPHICAL DETECTIVE, published in 2014, features the iconic Argentine writer Jorge Luis Borges wrestling with an extraordinary series of crimes and the equally baffling conundrums of literature and philosophy, including Zeno's paradoxes, the mind/body problem, and the mysteries of destiny, personal identity and artistic creation.

You can read more on Bruce Hartman's website/blog: www.brucehartmanbooks.com.

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    • The Devil's Chaplain

    • By: Bruce Hartman
    • Narrated by: Neal Arango
    • Length: 8 hrs and 30 mins
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    Disillusioned with her corporate legal career, attorney Charlotte Ambler volunteers to handle the final appeal of Christopher Ritter, a Florida death row inmate whose execution is imminent....

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    • Potlatch: A Comedy

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    To Alice Coggins, the 24-year-old daughter of a South Philadelphia scam artist, everything looks like a racket: endless serf-like internships, student loans that can never be repaid, and high-minded charities run by swindlers. Things only get worse when she meets Andrew Ogleby....

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    • The Rules of Dreaming

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    • Length: 8 hrs and 35 mins
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    A beautiful graduate student suspects that her psychiatrist is ruled by the fantasies of a poet who's been dead for 200 years....

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    • By Donnie Burgess on 04-03-16

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