W.L. Ripley is the author of two critically acclaimed mystery series, one featuring Wyatt Storme, an Ex-NFL star and atavistic cowboy, and the other featuring Cole Springer, an enigmatic ex-secret service agent.
Ripley is a native Missourian who has been a sportswriter, a successful high school and college basketball coach, and well-respected educator. He enjoys watching football and playing golf, spending time with friends and family, and enjoying a good cigar when his wife, Penny, allows it. He’s a father, grandfather, and unapologetic Schnauzer lover.
Ripley writes daily from his Western Missouri home. He’s also busy crafting a new Wyatt Storme novel and developing another series of books with two new heroes.
Wyatt Storme investigates the rape of a young co-ed in Branson, Missouri in this action-packed, third adventure in the series.
To help a desperate friend, ex-footballer Wyatt Storme and his hard-charging buddy Chick Easton ride shotgun on an illegal gun shipment...and things go very wrong. The second novel in the action-packed series.
The first Wyatt Storme novel. Storme is hunting in Missouri when he stumbles upon a hidden field of marijuana…and becomes embroiled in a deadly conspiracy of corruption, drug-trafficking and organized crime.
The fourth novel featuring Wyatt Storme, the ex-football player turned troubleshooter that critics are hailing as the long-awaited heir to Travis McGee and Spenser. This time, Storme is hired to protect a bad-boy movie star getting well-deserved death threats.
Ripley is the blue-collar Elmore Leonard, toiling in the workaday world of the genre mainstream but turning out finely crafted caper novels featuring nimble, fast-talking protagonists who see larceny as an opportunity for good clean fun.
Ripley succeeds in creating characters about whom we care
For those of us who still feel an ache for the immortal John D, there might finally be a replacement on the horizon.
His dialogue sparkles, with nearly every scene having a clever reversal in it that approaches poetry.
Ripley is a powerhouse in the mystery field.