1941 -

Writing as: Bill Crider, William Grant, Jack MacLane

Born and raised in Texas, Bill Crider says on his website that he has always lived in small towns, with the exception of Austin which was rather small when he lived there. He is a graduate of the University of Texas in Austin. He went on to earn a Masters and then a Ph.D. using as his dissertation the hardboiled detective novel. Forced, he says, by his wife to get a real job, he turned to teaching and continued in that profession for many years eventually becoming the Chair of the Division of English and Fine Arts at the Alvin Community College. In addition to writing terrific detective novels, of which his Sheriff Dan Rhodes are his best known, Mr. Crider has become an expert in all things detective and criminal in modern fiction. He has written a monthly column for Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine for years. I am sad that he only wrote one book that qualifies his inclusion in this collection, that of a Nick Carter adventure, but spy-fi's loss is detective fiction's gain.

Series Books
Bill Crider
Nick Carter (1964) The Coyote Connection (1981)
M.I.A. Hunter Miami War Zone (1988)
  Desert Death Raid (1989)
  Back To 'Nam (1990)
Other Too Late to Die [Dan Rhodes] (1986)
  Shotgun Saturday Night [Dan Rhodes] (1987)
  One Dead Dean [Carl Burns] (1988)
  Ryan Rides Back (1988)
  Galveston Gunman (1988)
  Cursed to Death [Dan Rhodes] (1988)
  Dying Voices [Carl Burns] (1989)
  A Time for Hanging (1989)
  Death on the Move [Dan Rhodes] (1989)
  A Vampire Named Fred (1990)
  Medicine Show (1990)
  Evil at the Root [Dan Rhodes] (1990)
  Dead On the Island [Truman Smith] (1991)
  Blood Marks (1991)
  Booked for a Hanging [Dan Rhodes] (1992)
  The Texas Capitol Murders (1992)
  Gator Kill [Truman Smith] (1992)
  A Dangerous Thing [Carl Burns] (1994)
  When Old Men Die [Truman Smith] (1994)
  Murder Most Fowl [Dan Rhodes] (1994)
  Mike Gonzo and the Almost Invisible Man [Mike Gonzo] (1996)
  Mike Gonzo and the Sewer Monster [Mike Gonzo] (1996)
  Winning Can Be Murder [Dan Rhodes] (1996)
  The Prarie Chicken Kill [Truman Smith] (1996)
  Murder Takes a Break [Truman Smith] (1997)
  Murder Under Blue Skies - with Willard Scott [Stanley Waters] (1997)
  Mike Gonzo and the UFO Terror [Mike Gonzo] (1997)
  Death By Accident [Dan Rhodes] (1997)
  Outrage At Blanco (1998)
  Murder in the Mist - with Willard Scott [Stanley Waters] (1998)
  Texas Vigilante (1999)
  Murder is an Art [Professor Sally Good] (1999)
  A Ghost of a Chance [Dan Rhodes] (2000)
  A Romantic Way to Die [Dan Rhodes] (2001)
  A Knife in the Back [Professor Sally Good] (2002)
  Red, White, and Blue Murder [Dan Rhodes] (2003)
  We'll Always Have Murder [Humphrey Bogart] (2003)
  Dead Soldiers [Carl Burns] (2004)
  A Bond with Death [Professor Sally Good] (2004)
  A Mammoth Murder [Dan Rhodes] (2006)
  Houston Homicide - with Clyde Wilson [Ted Stephens] (2007)
  Murder Among the O.W.L.S. [Dan Rhodes] (2007)
  Of All Sad Words [Dan Rhodes] (2008)
  Murder in Four Parts [Dan Rhodes] (2009)
  Murder in the Air [Dan Rhodes] (2010)
  Mississippi Vivian - with Clyde Wilson [Ted Stephens] (2010)
  The Wild Hog Murders [Dan Rhodes] (2011)
  Carnival of Death - with others [Dead Man] (2012)
  Murder of a Beauty Shop Queen [Dan Rhodes] (2012)
William Grant
Other The Colorado Special [Matt Faraday] (1989)
Jack MacLane
Other Keepers of the Beast (1988)
  Goodnight Moon (1988)
  Blood Dreams (1989)
  Goodnight Moom (1989)
  Rest in Peace (1990)
  Just Before Dark (1990)