During a career in academia Ron Formisano published books in U.S. political history and contemporary political affairs. His last serious books dealt with economic inequality and a permanent and corrupt political class. When he left the ivory tower and began writing crime novels his protagonists fought not only hard-core criminals but also political and corporate elites who feed off intractable ills poisoning American society. Ron describes these books as muckraking fiction.
He is not a member of the guild of mutual back-scratching crime novelists. Ron and his wife Erica and Little Dog, a weird but affectionate chihuahua, live in Kentucky and summer in Maine.