Michael Thomas Barry is the critically acclaimed author of six nonfiction books that include Final Resting Places Orange County’s Dead & Famous (2010); Fade to Black Graveside Memories of Hollywood Greats 1927-1950 (2011); Murder & Mayhem 52 Crimes that Shocked Early California 1849-1949 (2012); Great Britain’s Royal Tombs: The Lives & Burial Places of British Monarchs (2012); Literary Legends of the British Isles: The Lives & Burial Places of 50 Great Writers (2013); and America’s Literary Legends: The Lives & Burial Places of 50 Great Writers (January, 2015); and In the Company of Evil Thirty Years of California Crime, 1950-1980 (2016). He is also the author of the e-short story “Once in a Blue Moon: A Short Story.” His books have been favorably reviewed by the Orange County Register, Orange Coast Magazine, OC Metro, Readers Favorite, the Midwest Book Review, and many others. He has made numerous TV and radio appearances that include Investigation Discovery Channel’s “Deadly Women” TV series and PBS SoCal’s “Real Orange.”
Michael’s many literary awards include the 2010, 2011, 2012, 2014 & 2015 USA Book News Best Book Awards (finalist), 2011, 2013, 2014 & 2015 Readers’ Favorite International Book Awards (silver, honorable mention, gold medal, and finalist), 2012 National Indie Excellence Book Awards (finalist), 2012 & 2013 International Book Awards (winner), 2012 Los Angeles Book Festival (finalist), 2012 & 2013 Halloween Book Festival (finalist & winner), 2013, 2014 & 2015 Next Generation Indie Book Awards (finalist), 2013 Beverly Hills Book Awards (winner), 2013 Southern California Book Festival (honorable mention), 2014 London Book Festival (runner-up finalist), and 2017 Independent Publishers Book Award (bronze).
He is a columnist for CrimeMagazine.com, where he pens the weekly column “This Week in Crime History.” Michael is a graduate of Cal State Fullerton with degrees in history and criminal justice and is member of the Phi Alpha Theta honor society. Barry is also a distinguished reviewer for The New York Journal of Books and is a member of The Mystery Writers of America, American Society of Journalists & Authors, The Authors Guild and The Crime Writers Association. The author was born in Chicago and grew-up in the north suburban village of Wheeling, Illinois and currently resides in Orange, California with his wife, Christyn and their two golden retrievers, Jake and Madison (in spirit).