"Don’t plan on sleeping until you read the last word of Wake The Devil — and maybe not for a while after either! The dynamic — and romantic — duo of Jack Kale and Beth Sturgis team up again for an investigation that is decidedly less creepy than their first, but no less thrilling. The high-stakes tension, combined with the author’s continued mastery in creating truly riveting villains, make this book impossible to put down."



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hurries to the parking lot.  On her return to the boarding dock, a loud bang coming from the control room causes her to come to a halt.  Instinctively Rachel looks up to see the tram frozen in mid-air several hundred feet above the ground--until a second explosion directly above the car sends it plummeting back to earth.

After years of paying her dues on the force, Beth Sturgis has earned her place as a detective for the Robbery-Homicide division of the Atlanta PD. Now, she’s heading up a major manhunt for a potential serial killer who’s working his way inward from the outskirts of the city. The copycat elements in the first crime scene lead Sturgis to retired FBI agent Jack Kale, who was responsible for apprehending and nearly killing the murderer known as

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Wake the Devil

Seven months after the close of Once Shadows Fall the story begins at Wake the Devil where a husband and wife, both pediatric surgeons, are waiting in line to board the park's aerial tram. Rachel Lawrence suddenly realizes she's left her cell phone in the car and goes back to get it, telling husband, George she'll meet him at the top. After stepping  out  of the line she

About the Author

Robert Daniels was born and raised in Atlanta where he still lives. He is a retired clinical psychologist who is now a full-time writer.

Many thanks to Publishers Weekly for their kind review of Wake the Devil. Been smiling all day. Thanks !


Wake the Devil
Robert Daniels, Crooked Lane Books, $25.99
Forensic psychology professor Jack Kale, a former FBI agent, and Det. Beth Sturgis of the Atlanta PD reunite in Daniels's solid sequel to 2015's ONCE SHADOWS FALL. A deadly assassin known as the Sandman has already killed Dr. George Lawrence, a key witness against chemical plant owner Sergei Borov, who's suspected of terrorist dealings. FBI deputy director Janet Newton and special agent Todd Milner enlist Jack's aid in catching the Sandman, who the FBI officials believe is gunning for two other witnesses, Lawrence's widow, Dr. Rachel Lawrence, and their partner, Dr. Wilson Landry. Newton approves Kale's request to add Sturgis and her partner, Dan Pappas, to the team. Daniels keeps the action moving as the Feds try to identify the Sandman; Kale thwarts several clever plots to attack the witnesses; Kale runs afoul of U.S. Attorney Carmine Donofrio, who objects to his methods; and the impulsive Sturgis survives an encounter with the killer. Some surprising wild cards enliven the mix.



Hi All,

As most of you may have noticed I've been out of contact for a while, due to an issue with my publisher.  Many thanks to those who took the time to write in. Hopefully, we're back on track now.

To be fair, I have to tell you the problem with Crooked Lane has been (finally) cured.  After months of excuse making, and letters to the Mystery Writers of America Organization, they finally solved their "bookkeeping issues" and managed to do the right thing and send out the royalty statements they missed.  Quite a shock from an author's standpoint.  Being charitable, I'd like to chalk up what happened to growing pains.  The end result is, having had my confidence shaken, it's unlikely I'll do business with them again.  That said, I wish them well as there are or were some good people there. 

Which leave us with, NO GOOD DEED, the last book in the Jack and Beth series.

I know, I know, from the letters I've received, a lot of you want me to do more and I'm thinking about it.  Truly. But for the time being, I'm pleased to announce NO GOOD DEED should be out around the 1st of November.  In my opinion it may be the strongest book of the series. Big surprise coming from the author, right?  But I really believe it.  The story finds Jack and Beth in Europe where they get involved in a multiple kidnapping by a terrorist organization, and a chase across continents and eventually back to Atlanta.  You'll also get to see another side of Jack, hinted at in the first books, but as yet, not explained.

After NO GOOD DEED, I'll be producing three other novels, as stand-alone stories. Each is complete as of this writing and going through the cooling off and editorial review. Yes, it's true. Writers have to let their books cool off.

Producing these novels and getting to know some of the fine people around the world who've taken the time to get in touch has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my life.  Almost on a par with my son being born. Hopefully, now with the publishing problems behind me, I can settle down and concentrate on the upcoming books.  A shout out to John Hart and Michael Chabon whose works I've gotten to know over the last few months. Both are marvelous writers I can recommend without hesitation.

Until next month.

Best to all,


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the Scarecrow.,the same Scarecrow who appears to be this new killer’s terrible inspiration.
A reclusive single father and university professor, Kale is trying to keep the demons at bay through therapy and plenty of avoidance. That is, until Sturgis shows up asking for his help. Against his better judgement, Kale is drawn into the most dangerous cat and mouse game of his life. A gripping thriller debut.