Joe Hilley

Joseph H. "Joe" Hilley[1] (born June 29, 1956)[2] is a New York Times Best Selling author. He was born in Birmingham, Alabama and grew up on the Gulf Coast in the town of Grand Bay, Alabama.[3] He is a graduate of Asbury College,[4] Asbury Theological Seminary, and Cumberland School of Law at Samford University.[5]

Hilley began writing at night while practicing law as a criminal defense attorney. After completing two unpublished manuscripts, he quit the practice of law to concentrate on writing full-time. His first book, Sober Justice (David C. Cook), a legal thriller, was published in 2004.[6] Four more books followed. The novels, which feature a down-and-out attorney named Mike Connolly, became popular in the Southeast, especially along the Gulf Coast where the stories are set.

In 2008, Hilley was tapped to write a leadership biography of former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin.[7][8] That book, entitled Sarah Palin: A New Kind of Leader (Zondervan), reached The New York Times Best Seller list during the final two weeks of the 2008 Presidential Election campaign.[9]

Published worksEdit

Hilley's novels include Sober Justice, Double Take, Electric Beach, Night Rain, The Deposition, What The Red Moon Knows, and The Legend of Dell Briggers - A Novella and Two Short Stories. In addition, his short story, Edgar's List, was included in the 2006 anthology Heartwarming Christmas Stories.

His nonfiction works include Sarah Palin: A New Kind of Leader[10] The Walk, which he co-wrote with former NFL running-back Shaun Alexander,[11] and Desert Rose: The Life and Legacy of Coretta Scott King, which he wrote with Edythe Scott Bagley, sister of civil rights leader Coretta Scott King.[12]


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  2. ^ Hubbell, Martindale (April 1995). The Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory, Volumes 1-9; Volume 11; Volume 13; Volumes 15-17. Martindale-Hubbell. ISBN 9781561601127.
  3. ^ Addendum (Alabama Bar Association), August 2004, p.7
  4. ^ "Alumnus' biography of Sarah Palin hits NYT bestseller list". Asbury College. Archived from the original on 2008-11-21. Retrieved 2009-10-25.
  5. ^ Cumberland Lawyer (Cumberland School of Law), Winter 2009, p. 34
  6. ^ Sober Justice
  7. ^ Moyar, Mark (2008-10-18). "Sarah Palin: Principles On A Pitbull,". New York Post.
  8. ^ Pierce, Phil (2008-10-18). "Former Birmingham Attorney Pens Bio on Sarah Palin". Birmingham News.
  9. ^ "Best Selling Paperback Books". Publishers Weekly. March 23, 2009.
  10. ^ "New Book Explores Gov. Palin's Career, Faith, Fox News, October 7, 2008". October 7, 2008.
  11. ^ "Library Journal, Spiritual Living Reviews". Library Journal. October 1, 2010. Archived from the original on 5 September 2012. Retrieved 3 June 2011.
  12. ^ "Catalog Entry for Desert Rose: The Life and Legacy of Coretta Scott King". University of Alabama Press. Retrieved 25 April 2012.

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