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Bruce Hartman lives with his wife in Philadelphia. He has worked as a pianist, music teacher, bookseller and attorney and has been writing fiction for many years. His first novel, PERFECTLY HEALTHY MAN DROPS DEAD, won the Salvo Press Mystery Novel Award and was published by Salvo Press in 2008.

His second book, THE RULES OF DREAMING, was published by Swallow Tail Press in May 2013. Kirkus Reviews, in awarding it the Kirkus Star for Books of Exceptional Merit, called it "a mind-bending marriage of ambitious literary theory and classic murder mystery." Kirkus selected the book as one of its "Top 100 Indie Books of 2013." Another mystery, THE MUSE OF VIOLENCE, was also published in 2013.

THE PHILOSOPHICAL DETECTIVE was published in 2014, featuring the iconic Argentine writer Jorge Luis Borges wrestling with an extraordinary series of crimes and the equally baffling conundrums of literature and philosophy, including Zeno's paradoxes, the mind/body problem, and the mysteries of destiny, personal identity and artistic creation.

Bruce Hartman's most recent book takes him outside the mystery genre. A BUTTERFLY IN PHILADELPHIA is a satirical comic novel and at the same time a coming of age story for the two young narrators (although this is not YA fiction). Jack Magnus of Readers Favorite Book Reviews called it "one of the strange, comic masterpieces that you're quite lucky to run across once in a very great while."

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The Muse of Violence
by Bruce Hartman
Will Schaefer, a New Yorker transplanted from the Midwest, earns his living crafting press releases for a shady corporation. One night a week he hosts a writers’ group in his apartment, to which the members—four women and two men besides himself—bring their stories and all the intense emotions that inspired them. Will is cast in...
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Murder Considered As One of the Fine Arts: - Part One of The Philosophical Detective
by Bruce Hartman
Cambridge, Massachusetts, 1967. Nick Martin has just started graduate school when he’s dragooned into serving as the driver, guide and confidant of a blind poet by the name of Jorge Luis Borges. Together they must address an extraordinary series of crimes and the equally baffling conundrums of literature and philosophy—including...
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Potlatch: A Comedy (The Philadelphia Trilogy, Book 2)
by Bruce Hartman
Have you ever wondered why life seems so complicated, so exhausting, so fattening, and yet so pointless and idiotic? It's all part of the Potlatch. To Alice Coggins, the 24-year-old daughter of a South Philadelphia scam artist, everything looks like a racket: endless serflike internships, student loans that can never be repaid...
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The Devil's Chaplain (East Coast Legal Thriller Series, Book 1)
by Bruce Hartman
"A riveting story that hinges on clues so elusive that the tension is exquisite." - Midwest Book ReviewDisillusioned with her corporate legal career, attorney Charlotte Ambler volunteers to handle the final appeal of Christopher Ritter, a Florida death row inmate whose execution is imminent. Ritter had been a prominent biologist before...
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Perfectly Healthy Man Drops Dead
by Bruce Hartman
Peter Cloud lost his partnership in a top law firm and his license to practice thanks to the machinations of Neil Babylon, its senior partner. When Babylon is murdered, Cloud is the prime suspect. To save his skin he must find the real killer, which means taking on the law firm, the police, the Mafia, a psychopathic skinhead and the...
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I Am Not A Robot!
by Bruce Hartman
In the three years since this book was published under its original title, BIG DATA IS WATCHING YOU!, Silicon Valley has advanced its agenda of world domination to the point where many of the author’s observations no longer seem fanciful or amusing. For this reason, the publisher has moved the title to its Non-Fiction list. If it reads...
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The Philosophical Detective
by Bruce Hartman
Cambridge, Massachusetts, 1967. Nick Martin has just started graduate school when he’s dragooned into serving as the driver, guide and confidant of a blind poet by the name of Jorge Luis Borges. Together they must address an extraordinary series of crimes and the equally baffling conundrums of literature and philosophy, including...
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The Rules of Dreaming
by Bruce Hartman
Awarded the Kirkus Star for Books of Exceptional MeritNicole P. is an Irish graduate student pursuing a doctorate in literary theory in New York. She checks herself in to the Palmer Institute (a posh upstate mental hospital), seeking help with  anxiety and disorientation triggered by a recent breakup and her quest for a dissertation...
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Perfectly Healthy Man Drops Dead
by Bruce Hartman
A down on his luck disbarred Philadelphia lawyer, working now as a bar piano player, must solve the murder of the managing partner of his former law firm. As he peels away layer after layer of intrigue, he finds himself pursued simultaneously by the police, the Mafia, and a psychopathic skinhead. Meanwhile, he continues his secret...
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Big Data Is Watching You! (Chronicles of Google Earth, Book 1)
by Bruce Hartman
In the three years since this book was published, Silicon Valley has advanced its agenda of world domination to the point where many of the author’s observations no longer seem fanciful or amusing. For this reason, the publisher has moved the book to its Non-Fiction list. If it reads like a fantasy, that is because fantasy is now the...
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The Puzzle Factory: Part One of A Butterfly in Philadelphia
by Bruce Hartman
Spencer Casey is a 20-year-old high school dropout who works in a failing puzzle factory in Philadelphia, chopping up Masterpieces of Western Art into jigsaw puzzles. He is tired of being an effect instead of a cause. On the night before the factory is to close, inspired by the image of a butterfly flapping its wings in China, he...
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