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
|1||Death at Charity's Point||1984||Description / Buy|
|2||The Dutch Blue Error||1984||Description / Buy|
|3||Follow the Sharks||1985||Description / Buy|
|4||The Marine Corpse||1986||Description / Buy|
|5||The Vulgar Boatman||1987||Description / Buy|
|6||Dead Meat||1987||Description / Buy|
|7||A Void in Hearts||1988||Description / Buy|
|8||Dead Winter||1989||Description / Buy|
|9||Client Privilege||1990||Description / Buy|
|10||The Spotted Cats||1991||Description / Buy|
|11||Tight Lines||1992||Description / Buy|
|12||The Snake Eater||1993||Description / Buy|
|13||The Seventh Enemy||1995||Description / Buy|
|14||Close to the Bone||1996||Description / Buy|
|15||Cutter's Run||1998||Description / Buy|
|16||Muscle Memory||1999||Description / Buy|
|17||Scar Tissue||2000||Description / Buy|
|18||Past Tense||2001||Description / Buy|
|19||A Fine Line||2002||Description / Buy|
|20||Shadow of Death||2003||Description / Buy|
|21||Nervous Water||2005||Description / Buy|
|22||Out Cold||2006||Description / Buy|
|23||One-Way Ticket||2007||Description / Buy|
|24||Hell Bent||2008||Description / Buy|
|25||Outwitting Trolls||2010||Description / Buy|
Order of Brady Coyne/J.W. Jackson Series
|1||First Light||2001||Description / Buy|
|2||Second Sight||2004||Description / Buy|
|3||Third Strike||2007||Description / Buy|
Order of Stoney Calhoun Series
|1||Bitch Creek||2004||Description / Buy|
|2||Gray Ghost||2007||Description / Buy|
|3||Dark Tiger||2009||Description / Buy|
Order of William G. Tapply Standalone Novels
|1||Thicker Than Water||1995||Description / Buy|
|2||The Nomination||2011||Description / Buy|
Order of William G. Tapply Non-Fiction Books
|1||Those Hours Spent Outdoors||1988||Description / Buy|
|2||Opening Day and Other Angling Neuroses||1990||Description / Buy|
|3||Home Water, Near and Far||1992||Description / Buy|
|4||Sportsman's Legacy (Short Story)||1993||Description / Buy|
|5||A Fly-Fishing Life||1997||Description / Buy|
|6||Bass Bug Fishing||1999||Description / Buy|
|7||Upland Days||2000||Description / Buy|
|8||Pocket Water||2001||Description / Buy|
|9||The Orvis Pocket Guide To Fly Fishing for Bass||2003||Description / Buy|
|10||The Elements Of Mystery Fiction (Short Story)||2004||Description / Buy|
|11||Gone Fishin'||2004||Description / Buy|
|12||Trout Eyes||2007||Description / Buy|
|13||Upland Autumn||2009||Description / Buy|
|14||Every Day Was Special||2010||Description / Buy|
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.
WILLIAM G. TAPPLY AWARDS
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.
BEST WILLIAM G. TAPPLY BOOKS
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.
Updated: March 16, 2018