An Unbeaten Man (Downeast Books Nov. 2015) is Brendan Rielly’s first thriller and was named Best Crime Fiction of the Year at the 2016 Maine Literary Awards. Brendan was the only debut author among all the finalists in the various categories.
Brendan is a member of International Thriller Writers and the Maine Writers & Publishers Alliance and studied advanced fiction writing while attending Notre Dame Law School. Praise for An Unbeaten Man includes rave reviews from New York Times bestselling thriller authors Doug Preston, Gayle Lynds and Steve Berry. “…a first-class thriller”—Douglas Preston. “If you like spy thrillers, this is your cup of ricin.”—Gayle Lynds. “…sit back, strap yourself in, and enjoy the thrill ride.”—Steve Berry. Brendan also co-founded Books in the Brook, monthly book readings by regional authors in an art studio in Westbrook, Maine.
Brendan is a partner at Jensen Baird, where he has practiced since 1996, and chairs his firm’s litigation department and probate litigation practice group. He is an active member of the Maine bar, has appeared in state and federal courts, including the Maine Supreme Court and the First Circuit Court of Appeals, and has received numerous honors, including SuperLawyers, Best Lawyers, and Lawyer of the Year for 2015.
Brendan lives with his wife and three children in his hometown of Westbrook, Maine, where he has served on the City Council since 2001 and as City Council President since 2005. He studied Government and Russian at Bowdoin College, graduating with high honors in 1992 and briefly considered a job in Siberia monitoring the disarming of Russian nuclear weapons, but instead chose law school over Siberia. Brendan has traveled extensively including to many of the sites in his books like Moscow, Barcelona, Paris and Normandy. Brendan is the middle of three generations of published Maine authors with his father and son (as a high school senior) also published. All three generations have been featured on WCSH6’s 207 program and Blogtalkradio, and in Bowdoin Magazine, Notre Dame Magazine, the Portland Press Herald, the American Journal, The Bowdoin Daily Sun, George Smith’s Maine, and The Big Thrill.