R.D. Sherrill is an award-winning journalist who has served as a small-town crime and courts reporter for nearly three decades. He currently serves as editor for The Smithville Review Newspaper in Tennessee. While by-lining several thousand real-life crime stories over his career, Red Dog Saloon - inspired by a honky-tonk of ill-repute in his hometown, McMinnville, Tennessee - was his first foray into fiction. Since its release in late 2013, Red Dog Saloon has sold on five continents and has been met with overwhelmingly positive reviews.
His second book, Average Joe, was released in mid-2014 and has also received high praise from readers and fans. A tale of five regular guys who conspire to rob their entire hometown, Average Joe captures the essence of small town life and examines the often-blurred line between good and evil.
Friday Night Frights is the first in a series of novels featuring Texas Ranger Ashley Reynolds. In the book, a serial killer is on the loose in Texas, his blood lust compelling him in a human hunt under the Friday night lights of the Texas gridiron. Tasked with stopping the brazen slasher's reign of terror is Reynolds. The young, headstrong criminal profiler reluctantly joins forces with Federal Agent Jack Looper, the sleuth's superior instincts overshadowed only by his immense ego. Together, they span the Lone Star State on the heels of the killer, even as they both fight demons of their very own.
Paradise Ranch is the sequel to Friday Night Frights. The fifth novel by R.D. Sherrill finds our hero, Ashley Reynolds, a newly-minted FBI agent. Ashley once again joins forces with Jack Looper to solve a case in the remote reaches of the Southern Arizona desert. When the body of a woman is found in the desert, all fingers point to the reclusive residents of the nearby Paradise Ranch and charismatic cult leader, Elijah Quinn. Ashley and Jack soon find out there's much more to the murder and the closer the pair gets to exposing the ugly truth, the more dangerous the mission becomes.
Sherrill's fourth novel, Murder U, is the story of mild-mannered history professor Clark Miller who is the prime suspect in the grisly murders of his estranged wife and her lover. It appears to be an open-and-shut case. With police, and nearly everyone else, convinced of his guilt, Clark has no choice but to try and prove his own innocence. Unfortunately for him, someone else seems determined to keep that from happening, no matter who has to die. As the body count rises, Clark is in a race against time to avoid becoming the next victim.
The most recent offering from Sherrill is Mad Justice, in which the mayor's daughter has been abducted with authorities powerless to find her. Evidence points to police involvement in the disappearance, so rookie patrolman Tanner Hobbs is assigned the case. Tanner is paired with the infamous Graham Ripley, a former detective with a past. The unlikely partners are are immediately drawn into a web of intrigue and corruption and the closer they get to the truth, the more unpredictable the perpetrators become. Desperate times call for desperate measures for all parties involved and with each new development, it seems that no one is safe from the consequences of their actions.
Sherrill is a celebrated storyteller whose mantra for writing is "all thriller, no filler" serving his mission of providing great stories with action-packed plots and absolutely nothing by pure entertainment on each page. His varied and occasionally bizarre experiences as a news reporter combined with an ecclectic assortmet of influences ranging from the Hardy Boys series to the works of Stephen King have helped bring his fictional characters and stories to life.
In addition to his writing career and hobby, Sherrill enjoys serving his community and staying active with tennis and weight lifting. He lives in McMinnville with his wife and their two children.
Sherrill is presently on tour promoting his most recent works and is available for speaking engagements and signings in the Middle and East Tennessee areas.