The Legacy Of Bill Granger

Two weeks ago, on April 22, 2012, the world of crime and thriller literature lost one of its notable voices: Bill Granger, the journalist turned thriller writer died at a veterans home in Manteno, Illinois at the age 70 as the result of the heart failure.

An American novelist from Chicago specializing in political thrillers, he might be more familiar to the readers under his pseudonyms Bill Griffith and Joe Gash. He worked for publications such as Chicago Tribune and some other Illinois newspapers such as Chicago Sun Times for many years and always considered himself more of a reporter than a novelist.

Granger's best-known work is Public Murders for which he won an Edgar Award in 1981 from Mystery Writers of America. He has also written 24 other novels among those The November Man, Schism and The Shattered Eye are more popular than the others.

Granger's novel, “The November Man,” caused some controversy at the time as the plot of the book was about assassination of a relative of Queen Elizabeth by blowing up a boat. Several months after publication of the book, Lord Louis Mountbatten, the queen’s cousin, was killed on his boat when a bomb set by the Irish Republican Army exploded. Media were all over the story at the time speculating whether Mr. Granger knew about the plans in advance. He dismissed such ideas.

We will cover some of Mr. Granger's novels in the coming week to preserve the memory of this notable author and his great work.

Like Books By Bill Granger?

You can check out the following titles which still might be obtainable (many of his earlier work are out of print). Click on the images to go to Amazon page for each book.