Bill Crider (1941 - February 12, 2018 ) was born in Mexia , Texas . He was an American author of crime fiction among other work. He received an M.A. at the University of North Texas (in Denton). Later, he taught English at Howard Payne University for twelve years, before earning a Ph.D. at the University of Texas at Austin , where he wrote a dissertation on the hardboiled detective novel. He then moved to Alvin, Texas , with his wife, where he was the Chair of the Division of English and Fine Arts at Alvin Community College . He retired in August 2003 to become a full-time writer. 
He was the author of the Professor Sally Good and the Carl Burns mysteries, the Sheriff Dan Rhodes series, the Truman Smith PI series, and wrote three books in the Stone: M.I.A. Hunter series under the pseudonym "Jack Buchanan." He was also the writer of several westerns and horror novels.
Crider died from carcinoma on February 12, 2018.