Search Results: "Bill Crider"


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BLOOD MARKS by Bill Crider
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 18, 1991

"Not for gentle tastes, but a striking addition to the serial- killer subgenre—gory, repugnant, and gripping to its last ugly reverberation."
Crider, author of two so-so series (Evil at the Root, Dying Voices, etc.), takes a totally different tack in this gritty story of a serial killer. Read full book review >

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SURVIVORS WILL BE SHOT AGAIN by Bill Crider
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 9, 2016

"The ambling plot makes room for a few sharp deductions and the usual mild humor—nothing to frighten the horses or raise fans' blood pressure."
A string of low-level burglaries plagues Blacklin County, Texas, spelling trouble for Sheriff Dan Rhodes and his deputies (Between the Living and the Dead, 2015, etc.) and two dead men. Read full book review >

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THE WILD HOG MURDERS by Bill Crider
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 5, 2011

"Forget the wayward plotting and enjoy laconic, sardonic Sheriff Dan at the top of his game."
Welcome to Blacklin County, Texas, where hogs run wild, and murder hogs the spotlight. Read full book review >

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MURDER IS AN ART by Bill Crider
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 5, 1999

"It's no surprise when the plot never thickens."
The chronicler of Prof. Read full book review >

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A MAMMOTH MURDER by Bill Crider
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 27, 2006

"To call Sheriff Rhodes low-key is an understatement. Not for the somnolent."
Just because Bigfoot is nonexistent doesn't mean pursuing him isn't dangerous. Read full book review >

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MURDER IN FOUR PARTS by Bill Crider
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Feb. 17, 2009

"Underplaying has always been the lynchpin of Sheriff Rhodes's charm, but this time the gap between laid-back and boring is perilously narrow."
Texas Sheriff Dan Rhodes can't sing a lick. So how come the local barbershop chorus has designs on his baritone? Read full book review >

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WHEN OLD MEN DIE by Bill Crider
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 21, 1994

"Shambling and shapeless, with lots of shooting in darkened rooms in lieu of the kind of suspense that might be sparked by your wanting to know what happened to people you care about."
Galveston, Tex., shamus Truman Smith, the slowest-moving of Crider's three series detectives (Gator Kill, 1992, etc.), reluctantly agrees to search for Outside Harry Mercer, a destitute homeless man who turns out to be the most popular fellow on the island. Read full book review >

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MURDER AMONG THE OWLS by Bill Crider
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Jan. 11, 2007

"Laconic, wryly amusing Sheriff Dan is in top form in his best excursion in a long time."
As Sheriff Dan Rhodes of Blacklin County, Texas, prepares to crack his 14th case (A Mammoth Murder, 2006, etc.), he confronts a cat he'd prefer on someone else's hot tin roof. Read full book review >

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FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 1, 2001

"And Rhodes ('Gored'), Burns ('The Santa Claus Caper'), and Smith ('Poo-Poo') all make appearances, lest you forget about the greatest state of all."
Crider (Murder Is an Art, 1999, etc.), the veteran creator of Texas series detectives Dan Rhodes, Carl Burns, and Truman Smith, has collected 11 stories from the past decade (most from the past 5 years) that take him from the Hollywood studio era ("Cap'n Bob and Gus") to the gaming palaces of Europe ("How I Found a Cat, Lost True Love, and Broke the Bank at Monte Carlo"). Read full book review >

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THE GHOST OF A CHANCE by Bill Crider
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 1, 2000

"Low-key and folksy as usual, but every so often—not quite often enough—a bracing thread of acid seeps through all that drollery."
The first sighting was in the jail itself, but before Sheriff Dan Rhodes of tiny Clearview, Texas, can turn ghost-hunter, he's got more corporeal matters to address. Read full book review >