Retired forensic psychologist and college professor Richard Helms is the author of eighteen published novels and many short stories. He has been nominated six times for the SMFS Derringer Award, with two wins; five times for the PWA Shamus Award; twice for the ITW Thriller Award, with a win in 2011, and once for the Macavity Award. A former president of the Southeast Chapter of MWA and a former MWA National Board member, he was the 2017 recipient of the SEMWA Magnolia Award for service to the chapter. His next novel, PAID IN SPADES, will be published by Clay Stafford Books. Richard Helms and his wife Elaine live in Charlotte, North Carolina.