William G. Tapply Books

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William G. Tapply was an American legal thriller writer with more than forty titles to his name. He lived most of his life in New England after graduating from Harvard and Amherst. Besides the writing of his most popular “Brady Coyne” series of novels he was a regular contributor to fishing journals that included “American Angle”, “Gray’s Sporting Journal”, “Field and Stream” in addition to novels about outdoor life, hunting, and fishing. He also wrote a writers guide to writing mystery fiction titled “The Elements of Mystery” fiction before his death in 2009.

Order of Brady Coyne Series

1Death at Charity's Point 1984Description / Buy
2The Dutch Blue Error 1984Description / Buy
3Follow the Sharks 1985Description / Buy
4The Marine Corpse / A Rodent of Doubt 1986Description / Buy
5Dead Meat 1987Description / Buy
6The Vulgar Boatman 1987Description / Buy
7A Void in Hearts 1988Description / Buy
8Dead Winter 1989Description / Buy
9Client Privilege 1990Description / Buy
10The Spotted Cats 1991Description / Buy
11Tight Lines 1992Description / Buy
12The Snake Eater 1993Description / Buy
13The Seventh Enemy 1995Description / Buy
14Close to the Bone 1996Description / Buy
15Cutter's Run 1998Description / Buy
16Muscle Memory 1999Description / Buy
17Scar Tissue 2000Description / Buy
18Past Tense 2001Description / Buy
19A Fine Line 2002Description / Buy
20Shadow of Death 2003Description / Buy
21Nervous Water 2005Description / Buy
22Out Cold 2006Description / Buy
23One-Way Ticket 2007Description / Buy
24Hell Bent 2008Description / Buy
25Outwitting Trolls 2010Description / Buy

Order of Brady Coyne/J.W. Jackson Series with Philip R. Craig

1First Light 2001Description / Buy
2Second Sight 2004Description / Buy
3Third Strike 2007Description / Buy

Order of Stoney Calhoun Series

1Bitch Creek 2004Description / Buy
2Gray Ghost 2007Description / Buy
3Dark Tiger 2009Description / Buy

Order of William G. Tapply Standalone Novels

1Thicker Than Water 1995Description / Buy
2The Nomination 2011Description / Buy

Order of William G. Tapply Non-Fiction Books

1Those Hours Spent Outdoors 1988Description / Buy
2Opening Day and Other Angling Neuroses 1990Description / Buy
3Home Water, Near and Far 1992Description / Buy
4Sportsman's Legacy (Short Story) 1993Description / Buy
5A Fly-Fishing Life 1997Description / Buy
6Bass Bug Fishing 1999Description / Buy
7Upland Days 2000Description / Buy
8Pocket Water 2001Description / Buy
9The Orvis Pocket Guide To Fly Fishing for Bass 2003Description / Buy
10The Elements Of Mystery Fiction (Short Story) 2004Description / Buy
11Gone Fishin' 2004Description / Buy
12Trout Eyes 2007Description / Buy
13Upland Autumn 2009Description / Buy
14Every Day Was Special 2010Description / Buy
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Tapply made his debut into writing mystery fiction when he published “Death at Charity’s Point” the first novel of the Brady Coyne series of novels in 1984. It is the story of betrayal and death among the Brahmins that introduced his most popular character, the fishing enthusiast and crusading lawyer named Brady Coyne.


The debut novel of the Brady Coyne series of novels “Death at Charity’s Point” was the winner of the Scribner Crime Novel Award in 1984.


Some of the most highly regarded novel by author William G. Tapply include the likes of:

Tight Lines: The eleventh novel of the Brady Coyne series of novels is one of William G. Tapply’s most highly regarded. One of Brady Coyne’s clients is lying sick on his deathbed and asks that he track down his daughter that has been missing for several years. The novel is set in historical Concord in Massachusetts, a town full of monuments. Susan Ames owns the colonial “Ames House” one of the minor literary monuments that had once been the home of her pioneer ancestors Thoreau and Emerson.

The only heir of the family is the wayward daughter who Susan is determined has to take over the family legacy. But her daughter Mary Ellen has always been a wild one given to motorcycles and cocaine rather than the sublime poetry her mother wanted her to study. The girl in question had ran off with her tutor nearly a decade ago but now needs to come home to her inheritance. The well-intentioned and good-hearted lawyer Brady Coyne is tasked with locating and bringing back the daughter from wherever she may be. He finds Ellen but learns of a story too tragic that the most profound of poets would find it hard to put it into words.

Nervous Water: The novel is one of the very best of books by author William G. Tapply. The novel is an exploration of the background of the lead protagonist of the Brady Coyne novels Boston investigative lawyer Brady Coyne. Coyne receives a message from a long lost relative asking that he help with an important family matter. Uncle Moze is an elderly Coyne who just got a terminal cancer diagnosis and now needs to find and reconcile with his estranged daughter.

The only problem is that the daughter was lost so long ago and left no hints or any clues as that would lead Coyne to anything substantial. But as Brady Coyne gets down to trying to track down his long lost cousin he starts to realize that the case is no longer a simple missing person case. A few weeks into the investigations and he realizes that the daughter’s disappearance has something to do with an unresolved brutal murder of one of his uncles, an issue that had never been discussed with the younger members of the family.

A Void in Hearts: In the seventh novel of the series Brady thinks that a private detective has been murdered. The dead man was a private detective that had by all means and purposes been considered scum by even his colleagues. The man had been hired by a paranoid wife who needs him to tail her husband who she thinks is cheating on her. He gets the pictures alright and they seem to suggest that the man is guilty as the wife thought though nothing is definitive.

Seeking to make more money than he got from his client he offers to sell the pictures to the target. For Brady Coyne his act is more akin to blackmail and he asks that he withdraw his offer, advice that the man totally ignores. But now that Katz is dead in a hit and run, Coyne starts his investigation and realizes that there is more to the story than the protection of a terrible secret. There is a conspiracy that is bigger than the simple matter of a cheating spouse.

When Does The Next William G. Tapply book come out?

William G. Tapply doesn't seem to have an upcoming book. Their newest book is The Nomination and was released on January, 20th 2011.


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