About John Byrne Barry

John Byrne Barry is the author of Bones in the Wash: Politics is Tough. Family is Tougher, a political thriller set during the 2008 presidential campaign in New Mexico. He's written political comedy, advice columns, musicals, magazine and newspaper stories. He's even written for a seed catalog. He is at work on a third novel, about a family facing end-of-life choices. He lives in Mill Valley, California, with his wife and family.

John Byrne Barry’s Books

Bones in the Wash

Winner, Bay Area Independent Publishers Association (BAIPA) Best Book Award, 2015 Albuquerque Mayor Tomas Zamara understands that politics is like playing football on a muddy field. If you don’t get dirty, you’re not giving your all. But dirty politics is not his style.The Democrats’ Barack Obama is drawing adoring crowds with his uplifting speeches, and… [Read More]


Not Just Another Trashy Mystery Set in the gritty and malodorous world of garbage and recycling, Wasted explores rich and resonant themes of reinvention, transition, and discarding that which no longer serves us. Berkeley reporter Brian Hunter investigates the “recycling wars,” finds the body of his friend Doug crushed in an aluminum bale, and hunts down… [Read More]

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