Sunday, April 02, 2006

Press Release: Death Row Defender, the Legal Thriller by Ray Dix, Wins Third Literary Award and is Named Best Mystery Published in 2005

St. Petersburg, FL (PRWEB) March 28, 2006 -- Ray Dix’s legal thriller/mystery, Death Row Defender, has won the EPPIE Award for best mystery of 2005 published as an e-book. The EPPIE awards, international in scope, are presented by EPIC, the Electronically Published Internet Connection, and honor the best books of the year which are published electronically as "e-books." Author Dix received the award Saturday, March 18, 2006 in San Antonio, TX, during EPICon 2006. For more on EPIC, EPPIEs, and EPICon, visit:

The paperback version of Death Row Defender was the second highest selling book for its publisher, Hard Shell Word Factory, for the year 2005. This was no small feat as the novel was not released until October 2005. The results and other best sellers may be found at:

This is the third time Death Row Defender has been recognized with an award for literary excellence. Prior to publication, Attorney Dix’s novel received awards from the Maryland Writers Association as a 2003 Novel Contest award winner, and from Authorlink, as a New Author Contest award winner (in 2000 under the title Clearwater Run).

Reviews for Death Row Defender have been very favorable:

" . . . the depth of Dix's treatment of the criminal appeals process makes this novel more than a murder mystery. Death Row Defender is clearly written by an author who has first-hand experience in defending capital cases, and it showcases Ray Dix's expertise as a writer."

" impressive legal thriller & a must-read for the student of criminal law. . . right up there with the best lawyer/author writers. . .” Narayan Radhakrishnan of

"... a terrific insight into the life, mindset, and complexity of a defense lawyer." "... a quick read... engrossing and hard to put down." PublicDefenderDude Blog.

As a capital crimes defense attorney for the State of Florida, author Ray Dix helped provide the last line of defense for men and women sentenced to die. As an Assistant Capital Collateral Representative in Tallahassee, he reinvestigated murder convictions and assisted in death row appeals. Mr. Dix also worked as a Florida Public Defender, where he tried juvenile, misdemeanor and felony cases, and wrote several hundred appeals.

Dix served in both the Army Security Agency (1966-1970) and the Coast Guard Reserves (1974-1976). He later designed and built boats on the Chesapeake Bay. Dix lives in Florida, where he enjoys beaches, sunsets and sailing. He is currently writing the next Woody Thomas Novel.

In addition to being a member of EPIC, Dix is a member of the Mystery Writers of America and is active in the organization’s Florida Chapter. He is also a member of the Florida Writer’s Association and the Maryland Writer’s Association, where he served as a contest judge in 2005.

The publisher of Death Row Defender, Hard Shell Word Factory, is a royalty paying publisher of works by established and new authors for sale in electronic and trade paperback format. Hard Shell Word Factory publishes book-length quality non-fiction and fiction--Romance (all categories), Mystery & Suspense, Action & Adventure, Science Fiction, Fantasy, Horror, Western, Historical, Mainstream, Young Adult and Children's books. Death Row Defender is available directly through the publisher in both formats on line at:

Death Row Defender, is distributed in print through Ingram. It is available in e-book and trade paperback through on-line booksellers such as, and through brick-and-mortar booksellers such as Barnes and Noble, Borders and independent booksellers everywhere. Booksellers may order it with the following information:

e-book ISBN 0-7599-4259-5
paperback ISBN 0-7599-4260-9

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