Guest of Honor Reavis Z. Wortham retired in 2011 from secondary education before becoming the author of the critically acclaimed Red River historical mystery series. His first novel, The Rock Hole, was listed by Kirkus Reviews as one of their Top 12 Mysteries of 2011. True West Magazine named Dark Places, the 5th novel in the series, as one of 2015’s Top 12 Modern Westerns.

Wortham’s newest release, Hawke’s Prey, is the first book in his new contemporary thriller series featuring Sunny Hawke, a seasoned Texas Ranger. When a merciless gang of terrorists seizes the Presidio County Courthouse in the midst of the worst blizzard West Texas has seen in a hundred years, in walks Sonny Hawke to take down the enemy one by one.

To date, more than 2,000 newspaper and magazine articles bear his byline. The Rock Hole was a finalist in the prestigious Benjamin Franklin Award presented by the Independent Book Publishers Association, and a finalist for the Will Rogers Medallion. He’s a member of Mystery Writers of America, the Writers’ League of Texas, International Association of Crime Writers (North American Branch), Sisters in Crime, The Texas Outdoor Writers Association, and International Thriller Writers. He also writes a weekly self-syndicated outdoor column for numerous Texas newspapers, writing on everything from fishing to deer hunting.

International Guest of Honor Peter Lovesey is a British writer of historical and contemporary crime novels and short stories. His best-known series characters are Sergeant Cribb, a Victorian-era police detective based in London, and Peter Diamond, a modern-day police detective in Bath. Most of his writing has been done under his own name; however, three novels were written under the pen name Peter Lear. 

His Sergeant Daniel Cribb detective novels were adapted for television as a Granada TV police drama. In 1979, Cribb (Sergeant Cribb in the US), debuted in the UK as a 90-minute TV film. Later, thirteen 50-minute episodes were produced, which ran from 1980-1981. The series portrayed life in Victorian England and included many real historical events such as the publication of Jerome K. Jerome's Three Men in a Boat and the sale of London Zoo's famous elephant, Jumbo, to Barnum and Bailey's Circus. The stories included issues  such as bare-knuckle prize fighting, spiritualism, and Irish terrorism.

Launched in 1991, The Last Detective was the first in the Peter Diamond series. His latest book, Beau Death, seventeenth in the series, is scheduled to be released December 2017.  Diamond is forced to dig deep into Bath history to ferret out the secrets of one of its most famous (and scandalous) icons: Richard “Beau” Nash, who might be the victim of a centuries old murder.

Lovesey's mysteries and short stories have won him numerous awards worldwide. He won the CWA Gold Dagger, the CWA Silver Dagger three times, and the CWA Cartier Diamond Dagger Award for lifetime achievement in crime writing. In France, he received the Grand Prix de Littérature Policiére and the Prix du Roman d'Adventures.

In the US, he received the Anthony Award, Macavity Award, Ellery Queen Readers' Award, and the Mystery Writers of America Golden Mysteries Short Story Prize. In 2016, the UK's Detection Club published Motives for Murder to recognize Lovesey's 80th birthday. This tribute anthology contains new stories to honor Peter Lovesey by some of the greatest names in current crime writing. In 2019, he will be recognized by the Bouchercon Convention in Dallas for Lifetime Achievement.