On February 12th, the mystery community lost a solid and beloved writer and cat lover in Bill Crider, author of the Sheriff Dan Rhodes series and friend to many. In The Rap Sheet, J. Kingston Pierce delivers a moving eulogy for an author and man who will be deeply missed by many:

From left: Having fun at a panel called “The ‘Masters’ that influenced the ‘Masters’; Bill Crider, Karin Slaughter, Megan Abbot and Lawrence Block, Bouchercon 2015, Raleigh, N.C. Peter Rozovsky Photo.

Born in Mexia, Texas, on July 28, 1941, Bill Crider—cat lover, vintage music fan, all-star book collector, movies enthusiast, ardent blogger, voracious reader, poseur old grouch (his “Keep Off My Lawn” posts were persistently enjoyable), certified Dr Pepper addict, and the Web’s most popular authority on alligators and crocodiles—was 76 years old at the time of his demise. He outlived his wife, Judy, by slightly more than three years, but never forgot what it meant to be so loved.

I can’t think of a more fitting way to conclude this obituary than to quote something British writer Gary Dobbs said this morning: “Bill led a full life, died a courageous death, and his memory will be cherished not only by those who knew him personally but the many, many thousands of us to whom he offered the hand of digital friendship.”

The full piece is here.

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