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Born in 1954, Robert Eringer grew up in West Hollywood, Beverly Hills, and London, England.
In early 1974, Eringer created Tricky Dick’s Coffee House at 515 Finchley Road in Hampstead, North London, which he ran intermittently for four years while juggling college.
Eringer began a writing life as a London-based foreign correspondent for The Toronto Star and The Toledo Blade, filing feature stories and high-profile interviews from around Europe.
As an investigative reporter for British Sunday newspapers, Eringer raked the gutter, exposing evil.
As a literary agent in the late 1980s, Eringer represented former CIA Director William Colby and pioneering terrorism expert Robert Kupperman.
In 1990, Eringer partnered with legendary CIA spymaster Clair George to do creative problem resolution for select clients. These included a circus, a reclusive Monte Carlo investment adviser, a mega-wealthy Italian Countess, and a New York billionaire.
They took assignments based on the potential of a high Laugh Quotient with this dictum: "If it ain't funny, we don't do it."
In this way, Eringer and George commuted to Europe by Concorde, stayed in five-star hotels, and laughed their way through London, Paris, Geneva, and Monte Carlo.
In 1993, Eringer embarked on a ten-year undercover mission for FBI Counterintelligence.
Some of his assignments are included in Ruse, published in 2008.
Using his intelligence experience as grist, Eringer merged both skills (writing and spying) to author a cluster of humorous espionage novels that combine intrigue with lunacy.
As a novelist, Eringer inhabits a world of master spies, billionaires, royalty and delusional lunatics. In reality, he keeps the same company, with battle scars to prove it—documented by a cyberspace smear campaign against him.
Three decades ago, a petition to the U.S. Supreme Court (Liberty Lobby v. Jack Anderson) called Eringer “mysterious” and questioned his actual existence.
Eringer questions his own existence, usually over a glass of fine pinot noir.
Commencing 16 June 2002 through 2007, Eringer was spymaster to Prince Albert of Monaco.
After Prince Rainier’s death in April 2005, and Albert’s ascension to the throne, Eringer created the principality’s first intelligence service, eventually killed by persons who feared what it had uncovered.
The whole story is available on the Monaco Intelligence blog.
In January 2002, Eringer, with plein air artist Thomas Van Stein, embarked on an odyssey they came to call Surreal Bounce.
It resulted in a book of the same name, published in 2009, a private edition of 150 numbered and signed hard copies.
Surreal Bounce is available to read on the Surreal Bouncers blog.
In June 2002, Eringer opened Bedlam Bar in Hampstead, North London, with his brother, Michael.
From May 2008 until March 2009 Eringer wrote a weekly column for the Santa Barbara News-Press called The Investigator.
These are available to read on The Columns blog.
On 27 March 2013, Eringer bought a bar called Palmieri's on Santa Barbara's westside and transformed it into BoHenry's Art Saloon.
In early 2014, Eringer embarked on a new hobby/writing project, Clubhouse on Wheels: Road-tripping around the USA in a new Escalade EVS.
Oh, and Eringer once cut a CD.