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Joel W. Barrows

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Joel Barrows is an Iowa district court judge who regularly oversees both criminal and civil trials. (The views expressed are those of Joel W. Barrows and do not reflect the views of the Iowa Judicial Branch.)

Prior to his appointment to the bench he was a practicing attorney for nearly twenty-three years; the last eighteen of those spent as a state, and then federal, prosecutor.

As an attorney, Joel regularly argued before the United States Court of Appeals. His cases have been as diverse as white collar crime, environmental crime, cyber-crime, child exploitation, narcotics and firearms offenses, immigration crimes, bank robbery, health care fraud, public corruption, civil rights offenses and threats against the President, and have included
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Joel W. Barrows I sit down at the computer and write something. I may change it all later, but at least I've started. …moreI sit down at the computer and write something. I may change it all later, but at least I've started. (less)
Joel W. Barrows I'm not sure about any mysteries, but my experience as a federal prosecutor and the cases I handled there influence my writing everytime I sit down at…moreI'm not sure about any mysteries, but my experience as a federal prosecutor and the cases I handled there influence my writing everytime I sit down at the keyboard. I am currently working on a sequel to Deep White Cover, my ATF undercover series. This book, Deep Green Cover, involves infiltration of a radical environmental group that has adopted the tactics of the jihadists. The story was inspired by real life cases involving the Earth Liberation Front (ELF) and their sister organization the Animal Liberation Front (ALF). Of course, the fictional version takes things to the next level. (less)
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Joel Barrows Deep Red Cover (#3 in the Deep Cover series) is NOW available in print and digital editions through Amazon, iTunes and most major booksellers:

https://downandoutbooks.com/booksto…/...

The body of young Tommy Rutledge is found washed up on the shores of Lake Wappapello, his throat cut. The deceased was known to have ties to the Ozark Militia. There are few clues, and the trail begins to grow cold for Investigator Morgan Kern of the Missouri Highway Patrol.

At the same time, the militia movement is exploding in America, populated by some who simply believe strongly in their Second Amendment rights, but also by those with more nefarious purposes. ATF has become increasingly concerned about these groups and the threat they pose. When an informant tells agents of possible illegal weapons trafficking by the Ozark Militia, Special Agent David Ward is tasked with going undercover to find the truth.

The paths of Kern and Ward will intersect in a way that neither could have imagined.

Deep Red Cover is the third book in the “Deep Cover” series, following Ward’s debut adventure in Deep White Cover and its sequel, Deep Green Cover.

Praise for DEEP RED COVER:

“Deep, dark and authentic. Great characters. Great read.” —Colin Campbell, author of the Jim Grant thrillers

“With Deep Red Cover, Barrows cherry-picks the best aspects from both procedural and thrillers and melds them together for one hell of a ride. Captivating.” —Ryan Sayles, author of Together They Were Crimson

Praise for Joel W. Barrows:

“In the real world, undercover work is a nasty, blood covered place. Barrows gets it right.” —Jay Dobyns, New York Times bestselling author and ATF Special Agent (Ret.), for Deep White Cover

“As good as any Baldacci.” —Roald Tweet, co-host of NPR’s Scribble, for Deep White Cover


message 20: by Joel

Joel Barrows I am pleased to announce that Down & Out Books has offered to publish two more stories in the Deep Cover series, Deep Purple Cover and Deep Orange Cover. Deep Red Cover will be released this September. For those of you who have not yet read Deep White Cover (book 1) and Deep Green Cover (book 2) I hope you will check them out. Both are available as hard copies and as e-books on all major digital platforms (links below).

"In the real world, undercover work is a nasty, blood covered place. Barrows gets it right." Jay Dobyns, NY Times Bestselling Author & ATF Special Agent (ret.)

https://downandoutbooks.com/books…/ba...

https://downandoutbooks.com/books…/ba...


message 19: by Joel

Joel Barrows Happy to be featured in this month's edition of The Big Thrill, the magazine of the International Thriller Writers organization. Here is a link to my interview:

http://www.thebigthrill.org/2019/12/d...

Also participating in this weeks round-table discussion: Do day jobs get in the way of writing thrillers?

http://www.thebigthrill.org/2019/12/d...


message 18: by Joel

Joel Barrows Poisoned Waters and The Drug Lords are currently available as e-books on Amazon/Kindle for 99 cents.

https://www.amazon.com/Poisoned-Water...

https://www.amazon.com/Drug-Lords-Bri...


message 17: by Joel

Joel Barrows Thank you to Silvia Meave for a great review of The Drug Lords!

http://www.absinthapublishing.net/the...


message 16: by Joel

Joel Barrows I will be interviewed on WVIK radio's local author program, Scribble, Saturday, June 17, at noon. Station 90.3. Hope you can listen in! The link to listen online is below:
http://wvik.org/programs/scribble#str...


message 15: by Joel

Joel Barrows I will be interviewed on WVIK radio's local author program, Scribble, tomorrow at noon. Station 90.3. Hope you can listen in!


message 14: by Joel

Joel Barrows I've just published another book, Poisoned Waters. The print and digital versions are now available. I think this book will be particularly interesting to anyone who grew up in a town along the Mississippi River. The link to buy it follows, along with a short description. If you like it, a good review or rating on Amazon would be much appreciated. Thanks!

https://www.amazon.com/Poisoned-Water...


message 13: by Joel

Joel Barrows The print version of The Drug Lords is now also available on Amazon at the link below:

https://www.amazon.com/Drug-Lords-Joe...


message 12: by Joel

Joel Barrows Friends

I’ve just published The Drug Lords, a novel I wrote several years ago. It can be purchased as an e-book now, and should be available in print in a few days. A brief description follows:

On a deserted road outside Chicago, Dr. Donald Lessard meets a terrible fate. The fiery crash obliterates all evidence of foul play. Private investigator Jack Flynn has once more performed well for his nameless, faceless benefactor.

Suspecting that Lessard’s death was no accident, Dr. Karen Tobin is determined to find out what happened to her mentor.

When a spellbinding woman enters his coffee shop, John Bristol finds himself instantly captivated. In time, the beautiful young chemist stirs an emotional reawakening in the burned-out former prosecutor.

Together, Bristol and Tobin are driven to solve the mystery behind the death of one of the nation's leading research scientists. Their pursuit exposes the soulless greed of one of the country's most profitable pharmaceutical companies, while at the same time driving them into each other’s arms.

As always, any interest is appreciated. The link to purchase it is below. If you like it, please write a review. Many thanks.

Joel

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B06Y2MWY53/...


message 11: by Joel

Joel Barrows Thank you to Ajoobacats book blog for a nice review of Deep White Cover: http://ajoobacatsblog.com/2014/11/12/...


message 10: by Joel

Joel Barrows Guest on Thusday Night Talk on NPR affiliate KHSU, Nov. 20 at 9 Central to discuss my novel, Deep White Cover: http://khsu.org/


message 9: by Joel

Joel Barrows Please join me for a book-signing at Barnes & Noble, 4550 University Avenue, West Des Moines, Iowa, on Thursday, October 23, at 7:00 p.m. My recent novel is Deep White Cover (Crime Street Press, May, 2014)
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message 8: by Joel

Joel Barrows I will be having a book-signing for Deep White Cover at the Coe College bookstore during homecoming weekend on Saturday, September 20, at 9:30 a.m.. Coe is located at 1220 First Ave. NE, Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Hope to see you there.


message 7: by Joel

Joel Barrows I will be having a book-signing for Deep White Cover at the Coe College bookstore during homecoming weekend on Saturday, September 20, at 9:30 a.m.. Coe is located at 1220 First Ave. NE, Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Hope to see you there.


message 6: by Joel

Joel Barrows Thank you to Scott Parsons for the great review of Deep White Cover today on goodreads:

https://www.goodreads.com/review/show...


message 5: by Joel

Joel Barrows Thank you to Silvia Meave and Examiner.com for the great review of my book, Deep White Cover.
http://www.examiner.com/article/deep-...


message 4: by Joel

Joel Barrows Thank you to Silvia Meave and CNNiReport for the great review of Deep White Cover.

http://ireport.cnn.com/docs/DOC-1160006


message 3: by Joel

Joel Barrows Thank you to Georgetown Alumni Online for a nice piece about me and my book, Deep White Cover http://alumni.georgetown.edu/newseven...


message 2: by Joel

Joel Barrows Thank you to David Burke and Quad City Times for article on me in today's paper.

http://qctimes.com/entertainment/crim...


message 1: by Joel (last edited Jun 27, 2014 08:28PM)

Joel Barrows Interviewed June 24 on The Dana Pretzer Show about my book, Deep White Cover (and a few other topics). Links to listen below:

http://lnkd.in/b6KbKaJ

http://lnkd.in/bK9Uw8f

Thanks for listening.


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