Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Ronald Tierney: R.I.P.

I just learned of the death of Ron Tierney on September 2. Ron wrote 18 mysteries: the Deets Shanahan Mysteries, the Carly Paladino and Noah Lang mysteries, the Peter Strand Mystery Novellas, and Stand-alone Crime Fiction. Ron was also a fan of crime fiction. He blogged, and he read and contributed to blogs  and fanzines.

Ronald Tierney's The Stone Veil introduced semi-retired, Indianapolis-based private investigator "Deets" Shanahan and the love of his life, Maureen. The book was a finalist in St. Martin Press's "Best First Private Eye Novel" competition, and nominated for the Private Eye Writers of America's Shamus Award for "Best First Novel." Killing Frost is the eleventh in the highly regarded series Booklist said was "packed with new angles and delights.” San Francisco is the setting for hislighter series the Library Journal calls a "winner.” The four Paladino/Lang books feature an eclectic collection of investigators in the equally eclectic neighborhoods of one of the world's most exciting cities. Good to the Last Kiss is a dark mystery that captures the insane world a serial killer creates.

Ron Tierney was founding editor of NUVO Newsweekly, an Indianapolis alternative newspaper, and the editor of a San Francisco monthly. After living 25 years in the “City by the Bay,” he moved to Palm Springs, where he was working on several writing projects. He will be missed by his many friends and readers.

2 comments:

Bill Crider said...

Terrible news. Really sorry to hear it.

Kevin Burton Smith said...

I was fortunate to correspond with Ron several times over the last few years, at first just about books, but later about other things, including films, politics and writing, and while I'd never say we were "friend-friends," I always felt better seeing his name pop up in my inbox.

It's probably fitting that his last two books, featuring Chinese-American sleuth Peter Strand, were part of Orca's Rapid Reads program, which publishes books for "adults who struggle with literacy." Ronald gave so much to folks; this was like a parting gift.

The man was just a stand-up guy. I'm sorry he's gone.