David L. Lindsey

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David L. Lindsey
Born 1944
Kingsville, Texas
Occupation Novelist
Alma mater North Texas State University
Period 1983–Present
Genre Mystery, Crime fiction, Spy fiction
Notable works Mercy (1990)
Spouse Joyce Lindsey
Children 2

David L. Lindsey is an American novelist, working primarily in the mystery and crime fiction genres. He has published fourteen novels in a writing career spanning 29 years.


Lindsey was born in Kingsville, Texas in 1944. [1] He spent his childhood in the Texas Rio Grande Valley and in West Texas, near San Angelo. Lindsey graduated from North Texas State University with a degree in English literature. Lindsey moved to Austin, Texas in 1970 and has lived there ever since.

During the 1970s, Lindsey worked as a book editor at a number of small publishing houses in Austin. At one point he operated his own publishing firm, Heidelberg Publishers. [2]

During his years in publishing, Lindsey had an interest in writing, but felt it would be fiscally "irresponsible". [3] Finally, in 1980 his wife urged him to "go for it".[2] Lindsey decided to write mystery fiction because of its general marketability.[2][3] His first two novels appeared in 1983: Black Gold, Red Death and A Cold Mind. The latter work introduced Houston homicide detective Stuart Haydon, a cultured, independently wealthy protagonist who would appear in four subsequent novels.

By 1994 Lindsey had over two million books in print.[2] By 2004, his novels had been translated into 20 languages.[3] His 1990 novel Mercy was adapted into a movie of the same name in 2000.


  • Black Gold, Red Death (1983)
  • A Cold Mind (1983) – a Stuart Haydon novel
  • Heat from Another Sun (1984) – a Stuart Haydon novel
  • Spiral (1986) – a Stuart Haydon novel
  • In the Lake of the Moon (1988) – a Stuart Haydon novel
  • Mercy (1990)
  • Body of Truth (1992) – a Stuart Haydon novel
  • An Absence of Light (1994)
  • Requiem for a Glass Heart (1996)
  • The Color of Night (1999)
  • Animosity (2001)
  • The Rules of Silence (2003)
  • The Face of the Assassin (2004)
  • Pacific Heights (2011) (Under pen name Paul Harper)

See also[edit]

Mercy (film), an adaptation of Lindsey's 1990 novel

External links[edit]


  1. ^ Graham, Don (October 1, 2001), "Writers Bloc", Texas Monthly 
  2. ^ a b c d Dingus, Anne (July 1, 1994), "Blood Lines", Texas Monthly, p. 42 
  3. ^ a b c Strickland, Barbara (May 1, 2004), "David Lindsey Deals In Death", The Good Life, archived from the original (– Scholar search) on September 8, 2008, retrieved 2008-09-20