|Robert Reid - Fiction/Non-fiction Writer
Robert Reid is a north Queensland investigative journalist. He worked for many years as a freelance writer and his articles have been published in a wide range of magazines and newspapers.
Reid is a published short-fiction writer and his work has appeared in leading magazines both in Australia and overseas. One of his stories, Still Life was selected out of 600 submissions for inclusion in Latitudes, an anthology of Queensland authors.
Reid's books include Patanela is Missing: Australia's Greatest Sea Mystery co-authored by Paul Whittaker, an investigation into the mysterious disappearance of a steel ship that was considered by leading mariners to be virtually unsinkable.
Reid's two books, Third Party to Murder, and its sequel, are the result of a 15-year investigation that uncovers the truth behind the deaths of Atherton women Vicki Arnold and Julie-Anne Leahy at Cherry Tree Creek in 1991. In late 2008, police were conducting a sixth inquiry into the case.
Another book, Under a Dark Moon: True Murders and Mysteries from North Queensland is a study of 13 crimes and unexplained disappearances that provide a fascinating window into the darker side of Australia's tropical paradise.
In 1995 Reid won both the best feature story and overall best news piece in the inaugural North Queensland Media Awards for his profile on Ernest Arthur Knibb, an itinerant pensioner who was sentenced to life in prison for a crime he steadfastly maintains he did not commit - the murder of scriptwriter Miranda Downes on a beach near Cairns in 1985.
Reid is a former Cairns Bureau Chief for The Courier-Mail newspaper and currently contributes feature articles and news stories for several newspapers, including The Australian.
Reid's latest book, Croc! Savage Tales From Australia's Wild Frontier is published by Allen & Unwin and available from all bookshops.