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.
The fourth action-packed novel featuring Wyatt Storme, the ex-football player turned troubleshooter that critics are hailing as the best thing since Robert B. Parker's Spenser. Read by J. Rodney Turner
The fifith Wyatt Storme novel is coming! Storme takes on the Kansas City mob, the Dixie Mafia and a local crime syndicate vying for control of a casino project.
Wyatt Storme seeks justice for a coed raped by a country music star. Narrated by J. Rodney Turner
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.