Originally from Long Island, Robert Yalden transplanted to Germany, working as an associate professor and computer scientist. He played on an NCAA Division II National Championship basketball team at the University of Lowell and is retired from federal law enforcement. Prior to becoming a Secret Service agent he worked many jobs - ship's deckhand in the Gulf of Mexico, social studies teacher, basketball coach, and a consultant on WHITE HOUSE DOWN, directed by Roland Emmerich and starring Channing Tatum, Jamie Foxx, and Maggie Gyllenhaal. He has caged dived with Great White Sharks in South Africa and has traveled all over the world.
He has written his debut novel Six Ways Till Sunday - an underworld crime thriller of 78,000 words set in Boston. The novel follows Sean Murphy on a coming-of-age misadventure into the murky world of counterfeiting and organized crime in the 1980s. It was conceived from a case while in the Secret Service combining the Boston area, where he went to college.
Influences include Don Winslow; Dennis Lehane; Gerald Petievich; Craig Clevenger; Marcus Sakey; Phillip Kerr; Stuart Neville; Chuck Hogan; Jonathon Tropper; Jack Higgins; Pat Conroy; William Hazelgrove; Nicolás Obregón; Cormac McCarthy; Nelson DeMille; and John Irving.
Beyond books, he plays baseball for the Wiesbaden Flyers, coaches basketball, and trades stock options trading. His all-time passion is plastic model building.
Yalden currently lives in Wiesbaden, Germany. He’s always sampling the good German beer while searching for inspiration and ideas. He is working on his second novel of a trilogy.