Michael Garnet Stewart (born May 15, 1955) is a native of Vredenburgh, Alabama, in Monroe County. He attended Tabor Academy for the first two years of high school but graduated from Wilcox Academy in Alabama.
Stewart received his undergraduate degree from Auburn University. He spent his summers working as a forest technician, cowboy, and farmhand. After graduating from college, he worked briefly in the timber business with his father and brother, as copy editor of the Atlanta Journal, and worked on a friend's unsuccessful gubernatorial campaign before attending law school.
At Cumberland School of Law, he was an associate editor of the Cumberland Law Review, moot court champion, leadership scholarship recipient, and the author of a published case note cited by the Alabama Supreme Court.
For years after law school, he worked as a successful corporate attorney. In the 1990s, he retired from his position as General Counsel of Complete Health, a large healthcare company, and decided to pursue his lifelong dream of writing novels. Stewart lives in Birmingham with his family.
Stewart's first novel, Sins of the Brother, is the first installment of the Tom McInnes series. It is marked by a creative and "labyrinthine plot," Southern gothic ambiance, and familial tension.
Upon hearing of his younger brother's death, Tom McInnes, a successful attorney from Mobile, Alabama, returns to the small sawmill town where he grew up. There he learns about his brother's gambling debts, cocaine use, and suspicious death on the river. As Tom digs more and more deeply into the mystery surrounding his brother's life and death, he places himself in increasingly grave danger.
Mike Stewart's second novel follows Tom McInnes through Alabama and Florida, specifically through St. George Island and nearby Dog Island. When a teenage runaway witnesses a murder, she comes to Tom for help.
In the third McInnes mystery, a young woman asks Tom to investigate the death of her mother in a small-town hospital. As Tom explores the suspicious death, an attempt is made on his life, the state bar threatens to disbar him, and he is accused of murdering another lawyer. Working with a psychologist/jury expert, Tom uncovers a jury-rigging conspiracy.
Stewart's fourth book is not a Tom McInnes mystery. A Perfect Life tells the story of Scott Thomas, a Harvard-trained clinical psychologist. Scott is carjacked, burgled, and framed for the murder of a woman at the Boston hospital where he works. With no family to stand by him, Scott alone must prove his innocence and take back his life, confronting his own dark past along the way.
"Compelling ... Laced with page-turning tension and memorable scenes that are as poignant as they are vital.... Rich details and smart use of dialogue help make this a near-perfect ride." --Publishers Weekly
“Stewart shows a gift for economy of language and plot that is rare these days, and a talent for evoking atmosphere that has all but vanished from thriller novels.…” –The Washington Post