Bill Crider is the author of the the Dan Rhodes mysteries about a sheriff in a small Texas county; the Truman Smith series about a Galveston Island, TX, private eye; several stand-alone mysteries; and even some children’s books.
I snapped this photo of him last month. You can learn more about Bill and his fine work here.
The Dread Line is the fifth book in the Edgar Award-winning series of hardboiled crime novels by Bruce DeSilva. In it, New England Patriots, still shaken by a series of murder charges against one of their star players (true story) have hired Liam Mulligan, the hero of the novels, to investigate the background of a college star they are thinking of drafting. At first, the job seems routine, but as soon as he starts asking questions, he gets push-back. The player has something to hide, and someone is willing to kill to make sure it remains secret.
To order The Dread Line, you can choose from a list of independent or chain online bookstores here.