Smart Rhino Publications

Joseph Badal

Prior to a long finance career, including a 16-year stint as a senior executive and board member of a NYSE-listed company, Joseph Badal served for six years as a commissioned officer in the U.S. Army in critical, highly classified positions in the U.S. and overseas, including tours of duty in Greece and Vietnam, and earned numerous military decorations. He holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in business and graduated from the Defense Language Institute, West Coast and from Stanford University Law School’s Director College. Joe now serves on the boards of several companies.

He is the author of eleven published suspense novels and a two-time winner of the Tony Hillerman Prize for Best Fiction Book of the Year (Ultimate Betrayal in 2014 and The Motive in 2016). He earned “Finalist” recognition for The Motive and Borderline in 2017 from the International Book Awards. The Military Writers Society of America awarded Joe its Gold Medal in 2016 for Death Ship, its Silver Medal in 2016 for Terror Cell, and its Silver Medal in 2015 for Evil Deeds. His The Lone Wolf Agenda was named the top Mystery/Thriller novel in the 2013 New Mexico/Arizona Book Awards competition.

Joe also writes a monthly blog titled Everyday Heroes, and has written short stories published in the Uncommon Assassins, Someone Wicked, and Insidious Assassins anthologies.

In addition to authoring novels and short stories, Joe has written dozens of articles that have been published in various business and trade journals and is a frequent speaker at business, civic, and writers’ events.  Visit his website at

Joe's story, "Fire & Ice," was published in Uncommon Assassins.
His story, "Ultimate Betrayal," appeared in Someone Wicked: A Written Remains Anthology.

His story, "The Rock," was included in Insidious Assassins.