Robert Lee Martin was born on October 16, 1908, in Chula, Virginia, to Joseph and Harriet (Repasz) Martin. He graduated from Columbian High School in 1927. Martin was a bank teller for the First National Bank of Tiffin from 1928 until 1934, then became a stock clerk at the Sterling Grinding Wheel Company in Tiffin in 1934. Martin was their stock department manager from 1936 to 1941, and an assistant in the personnel department from 1941 to 1945. He married Alverta Mae Smith in 1942, and they had two daughters and a son. Martin became the assistant personnel manager from 1945 to 1950 and then the personnel manager. He wrote 23 detective novels between 1951 and 1964, including the Jim Bennett series under his own name, and various other mysteries as by "Lee Roberts." He died in Tiffin on February 1, 1976.
- Little Sister
- "His most successful novel … It went through six U.S. printings."—Mystery*File. "His characters are all believable people; he had a nice, low-key style; his descriptions and sense-of-place are generally excellent."—Bill Pronzini, from his Introduction. Black Gat #27.