Phillip Thompson

Crime Fiction writer

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Outside the Law Review

Bill Crider is a native Texan who’s best known for the Sheriff Dan Rhodes series, which features a sheriff in a smalloutrage-at-blanco
Texas county. Though contemporary in setting, the Sheriff Rhodes books have many of the qualities of the classic western. Crider has also written a number of western novels (including Outrage at Blanco), both under his own name several house names. He’s published more than 75 novels and has been nominated for the Edgar Award and the Shamus Award, as well as winning the Anthony Award twice and the Derringer Award. Check out his blog at

Here’s what he had to see recently about Outside the Law:

“It’s set in a rural Mississippi county that has more murders per week than Sheriff Dan Rhodes sees in years. Someone’s ripping off meth dealers who work for the Memphis mob and then someone’s killing the dealers as an object lesson. It’s a good thing Sheriff Colt Harper is more like Raylan Givens than Dan Rhodes.

“Harper is a man with a troubled past and his own moral code, and that means sometimes he doesn’t mind doing things that are outside the law, especially when it comes to killers like the man called Hack. Also pursuing Hack is Molly McDonough, who’s gone rogue from her job at the FBI.

“There are survivors in the end, but hardly anyone comes out unscathed in this fast-moving story (I read it in two sittings). Thompson provides lots of gunplay, snappy dialogue, and plenty of intriguing characters. Good stuff. Check it out.”

Today’s links:

Book reviews: Greg Fleming reviews the latest crop of crime fiction and points out some of the year’s best reads.

Tech Plays Role As The Weapon Of Choice In Crime FictionNPR’s Art Silverman reads a lot of crime thrillers. In the last year, he’s noticed “The Internet of Things” seems to being playing a big role as the weapon of choice.

Our 10 Favorite Comics of 2016The graphic novel boom of the past decade has settled down, and the big trade publishers are divesting from the comics market—only one of our Top 10 books comes from a Big Five publishing house.


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