Monday, November 03, 2008

Clyde Wilson, R. I. P.

Clyde and I wrote three books together, two of which have been published. We signed the contracts for the third, Mississippi Vivian, last week. They don't make 'em like Clyde anymore. He was a throwback. He'd have been at home with Frank Hamer (one of his heroes), Eliot Ness, Lone Wolf Gonzales, and the other great lawmen of an earlier era. He'll be missed.

Legendary Houston private eye Clyde Wilson dies | Top stories | - Houston Chronicle: "Storied private investigator Clyde Wilson — who spent six decades cracking some of Houston's toughest cases — died Saturday of natural causes. He was 85.

After opening his first office in Houston in 1957, Wilson earned a reputation for exposing corruption. Some of his first cases shed light on wrongdoing by officials in Lufkin and Polk County.

'He was an icon in this business,' said his son Tim Wilson, who owns a private investigation company. 'He was the one who brought private investigation to the forefront and made it respectable.'"


pattinase (abbott) said...

So sorry for the loss of your friend and writing partner. Been a bad month for that.

Gerard said...

I have not yet read the novels but read several articles about the man. He certainly led an interesting life and did a lot of good work.

Bill Crider said...

One of a kind. It was a privilege to know him.