John Bray served for seventeen years in the New York City Police Department and took early retirement with the rank of lieutenant in 1976. While in the Police Department, he acquired a Bachelor of Science degree from John Jay College and a Juris Doctor degree from Brooklyn Law School. After admission to the Bar, he served for four years as a prosecutor in the Department's internal disciplinary system.
After leaving the NYPD, John practiced criminal defense law on Long Island and in New York City for 30 years. In 2004, he received a Master of Arts degree in Theology from the Seminary of the Immaculate Conception in Huntington, Long Island. Now fully retired, he lives with his wife Vera in Williamsburg, VA, where he currently serves as the Vice-President of the Chesapeake Bay Writers Club. The Ballad of Johnny Madigan is his first novel.