is a New York Times Best Selling author. He was born in Birmingham, Alabama
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and grew up on the Gulf Coast in the town of Grand Bay, Alabama
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. He is a graduate of Asbury College, Asbury Theological Seminary
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, and Cumberland School of Law
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at Samford University
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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 After completing two unpublished manuscripts, he quit the practice of law to concentrate on writing full time.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. 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
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. That book, entitled Sarah Palin: A New Kind of Leader
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), reached The New York Times Best Seller list during the final two weeks of the 2008 Presidential Election campaign.
Hilley's novels include Sober Justice
, Double Take
, Electric Beach
, Night Rain
. 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
and The Walk
, which he co-wrote with former NFL running-back Shaun Alexander
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