About Life in Prison, Eight Hours at a Time:
After 13 years as a musician, Robert Reilly found himself broke and on the edge of despair. His pursuit of success in the music business was about to ruin his marriage and his family, and something had to change. A chance conversation led him to apply, somewhat halfheartedly, for a job at the county prison, and to his great surprise, he was hired. In an effort to put his family first, he writes, “I left the madness of the music business and entered the insanity of the U.S. prison system.”

In this gripping nonfiction account, from the bowels of a county prison in Pennsylvania and the Supermax Prison in Warren, Maine, Robert Reilly provides a look inside America’s prison system unlike any other, recording with gut-wrenching honesty the way it affects not only the prisoners themselves but also the corrections officers and their families.

About the Author:
Since leaving the department of corrections in 2007, Robert Reilly has worked as a boatbuilder, a breakfast chef, and an outdoor education instructor at a nonprofit school in mid-coast Maine. He and his family live in Hope, Maine.


“Take a man, an artist, musician, writer, and cast him down into the stone steel hell of prison, but not as an inmate, as a guard, with all the pressures and dangers and bizarre human interactions inherent in that situation and you have the setting for a powerful, brutally honest and inspiring book that will touch, shock and ultimately heal all those who read it...”
 —  Billy Hayes, author, Midnight Express

“This is a must read for anyone interested in a truly authentic look at life behind the walls.”
—    Lt. D. L. Croley, Prison Inspector, PA Dept. of Corrections

“He holds nothing back, relating a hellish experience in gripping, scary detail, well-earned page by well-earned page. Reader be warned: There’s no escape from Life in Prison.”
—    Hodding Carter, author, A Viking Voyage and Off the Deep End

“Robert Reilly is a born and inspired storyteller who knows his craft as well as he knows his subject. His voice is an authentic howl, as true as a blues singer’s coming out of the swamps of hell.”
—    Peter Nichols, author, A Voyage for Mad Men and Evolution’s Captain

Author Robert Reilly will be book signing his new release, Life in Prison, Eight Hours at a Time, at the 2015 Beyond the Sea Book Festival at Lincolnville Beach, on Sunday, July 26th, 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.