Bill Mercer
Created by Michael Gilbert (1912-2006)

WILLIAM "BILL" MERCER was a Detective Chief Inspector and something of a rogue when he first appearred in The Body Of A Girl (1972), but seven years later, he turned up as an ex-cop, working as a private detective in three short stories.

Michael Gilbert is generally regarded as one of the most talented mystery writers of the twentieth century, named Grandmaster by the Mystery Writers of America, awarded a Diamond Dagger for career accomplishments by the Crime Writers Association of Great Britain and honored for his lifetime achievement at Bouchercon, the World Mystery Convention. Some critics have suggested that Gilbert would have done better commercially if he had stuck to just one sub-genre, but over a long and productive literary career he wrote it all: classic mysteries, police procedurals, spy novels, adventure stories, courtroom dramas and hard-boiled detective tales. He began as a solicitor in London, and for a while even served as Raymond Chandler's lawyer, writing crime fiction on the train between London and his home. He eventually moved to writing full-time, He has now written more than 20 novels and more than 150 stories as well as several collections, and created several series characters.


  • The Body Of A Girl (1972; non-PI novel)


  • "The Man at the Bottom" (April 1979, Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine)
  • "The Man in the Middle" (May 1979, Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine)
  • "The Man at the Top" (June 1979, Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine)


  • The Man Who Hated Banks and Other Mysteries, 1997)....Buy this book
    Includes all three Bill Mercer short stories.

Respectfully submitted by Kevin Burton Smith.

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