Bill Crider is an American author of mystery, western and horror novels along with children’s books. He is best known for his Sheriff Dan Rhodes series, but has other series including the Truman Smith series. Before becoming a novelist, Crider taught English at Howard Payne University for over a decade. After that, he earned his PhD at the University of Texas at Austin. He retired in 2003 in order to dedicate his time to writing fiction.

Bill Crider became a published author in 1984, writing The Coyote Connection under the house name Nick Carter. His first novel of his own was Too Late to Die in 1986, the start of his Dan Rhodes series. Below is a list of Bill Crider’s books in order of when they were originally published:

Publication Order of Nick Carter: Killmaster Books


The Coyote Connection(1984) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of Sheriff Dan Rhodes Books


Too Late to Die(1986) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Shotgun Saturday Night(1987) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Cursed to Death(1988) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Death on the Move(1989) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Evil at the Root(1990) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Booked for a Hanging(1992) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Murder Most Fowl(1994) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Winning Can Be Murder(1996) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Death By Accident(1997) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
A Ghost of a Chance(2000) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
A Romantic Way to Die(2001) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Red, White, and Blue Murder(2003) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
A Mammoth Murder(2006) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
A Murder Among the Owls(2007) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Of All Sad Words(2008) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Murder in Four Parts(2009) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Murder in the Air(2010) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Wild Hog Murders(2011) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Murder of a Beauty Shop Queen(2012) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Compound Murder(2013) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Half in Love with Artful Death(2014) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Between the Living and the Dead(2015) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Survivors Will Be Shot Again(2016) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of Sheriff Dan Rhodes Collections


The Blacklin County Files(2012) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of Carl Burns Books


One Dead Dean(1988) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Dying Voices(1989) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
A Dangerous Thing(1994) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Dead Soldiers(2004) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of Truman Smith Books


Dead on the Island(1991) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Gator Kill(1992) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
When Old Men Die(1994) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Prairie Chicken Kill(1996) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Murder Takes a Break(1997) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of Mike Gonzo Books


Mike Gonzo and the Almost Invisible Man(1996) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Mike Gonzo and the Sewer Monster(1996) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Mike Gonzo and the UFO Terror(1997) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of Adventures Of Wishbone Books


Muttketeer!(1997) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of Stanley Waters Books



Murder Under Blue Skies(1997) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Murder in the Mist(1998) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of Professor Sally Good Books


Murder is an Art(1999) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
A Knife in the Back(2002) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
A Bond with Death(2004) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of Humphrey Bogart Books


We'll Always Have Murder(2003) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of Ted Stephens Books


A Carnival of Death(2012) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of Standalone Novels


Galveston Gunman(1988) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Ryan Rides Back(1988) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Keepers of the Beast(1988) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Goodnight Moom(1988) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
A Time for Hanging(1989) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Blood Dreams(1989) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Rest in Peace(1990) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
A Vampire Named Fred(1990) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Just Before Dark(1990) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Medicine Show(1990) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Blood Marks(1991) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Texas Capitol Murders(1992) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Outrage at Blanco(1998) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Texas Vigilante(1999) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Houston Homicide(2007) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Girl Who Wanted to Be Sherlock Holmes(2011) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
M.I.A. Hunter: Miami War Zone(2012) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of Short Stories


My Heart Cries for You(1992) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Death's Brother(2011) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
What a Croc!(2011) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
A Werewolf Named Wayne(2011) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of Short Story Collections


The Nighttime is the Right Time(1991) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Murder, Mayhem and Mistletoe(2001) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Spider Chronicles(2007) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Die, Lover, Die!(2011) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
I Am a Roving Gambler(2012) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Raining Willie & Cranked: Two Texas Tales(2012) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Notes: The Coyote Connection was written alongside Jack Davis under the house name Nick Carter. The Blackline County Files is co-authored with Judy Crier. The Stanley Waters series is written with Willard Scott. The Carnival of Death is co-authored with Lee Goldberg and William Rabkin. M.I.A. Hunter is co-authored with Stephen Mertz. Houston Homicide was co-authored with Clyde Wilson. The novels Keepers of the Beast, Goodnight Moom, Blood Dreams, Rest in Peace and Just Before Dark were written using the pen name of Jack MacLane.

Murder, Mayhem and Mistletoe also contains contributions from Terence Faherty, Wendi Lee and Aileen Schumacher. The Spider Chronicles also contains contributions by Mort Castle, Shannon Denton, Chuck Dixon, Steve Englehart, Ron Fortier, Joe Gentile, Rich Harvey, John Helfers and John Jakes. Die, Lover, Die! is co-authored by Max Allan Collins, Lee Goldberg, Joel Goldman, Ed Gorman, Vicki Hendricks, Naomi Hirahara, Paul Levine, Harry Shannon and Dave Zeltserman.

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