Richard Wiley

Most Recent Novel

Publication Date: October 11, 2016 by Bellevue Literary Press

Short Stories

Richard Wiley is the author of numerous stories and the novels Soldiers In Hiding (winner of the PEN/​Faulkner Award for Best American Fiction), Fools' Gold, Festival for Three Thousand Maidens, Indigo, Ahmed's Revenge (winner of the Maria Thomas Fiction Award, Commodore Perry's Minstrel Show ("The best book you've never heard of!"-anonymous) and The Book of Important Moments. Now comes Bob Stevenson, a psychological thriller concerning a New York psychiatrist and her patient, who believes himself to be Robert Louis Stevenson.

Richard has lived and worked in Korea (where he was a Peace Corps volunteer), Japan, Nigeria and Kenya. Many of his stories are taken from those experiences. This time, with Bob Stevenson, he has set a novel (almost entirely) in the contiguous United States.

Richard Wiley is professor emeritus of English and a board member of Black Mountain Institute at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. He divides his time, these days, between his hometown of Tacoma, Washington and Los Angeles, California.


Dr. Ruby Okada meets Bob Stevenson, a charming man with a Scottish accent, in the elevator of her psychiatric hospital. Unaware that he is an escaping patient, she falls under his spell, and her life and his are changed forever by the time they get to the street.
Ruth Rhodes is suddenly confronted by the man who raped her four years earlier, and must come clean with both herself and her husband, while he negotiates the grief and mystery surrounding the murder of his own mother. The rapist, meanwhile, stands atop this narrative, telling his side of the story in diabolically captivating ways.
Two American minstrels visit Japan and get caught in Machiavellian machinations at the opening of the country in 1854.
American Jazz musicians drafted into the Japanese army during World War II. Pen/Faulkner Award winner.
World travelers meet and clash in Nome, Alaska at the end of the 19th Century.
The raucous tale of a mid-1960s Peace Corps Volunteer living in a Korean Village.
American school principal involves himself in Nigerian intrigue and politics.
Ivory and animals on a Kenyan farm. Out of Africa in the modern age.

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