About Bill Cameron

Bill CameronI’m the author of gritty, adult mysteries featuring Skin Kadash. My short stories have appeared in Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine, Killer YearPortland Noir, First Thrills, Deadly Treats, and West Coast Crime Wave. In 2012, my novel County Line received the Spotted Owl for Best Northwest Mystery.

My next book, the young adult mystery Property of the State, will be available from The Poisoned Pencil in 2016. I am currently at work on an adult mystery set in the Oregon High Desert. 


Critically-acclaimed mystery novelist Bill Cameron is the author of the dark, gritty mysteries County LineDay OneChasing Smoke and Lost Dog—featuring irascible Portland homicide cop Skin Kadash. In a starred-review of the 2012 Spotted Owl Award winning County LinePublishers Weekly said, “Contemporary sharp-edged noir doesn’t get much better than Cameron’s mournful novel featuring ex-cop Skin Kadash.” And Library Journal called County Line, “A perfect fit for Archie Mayor and William Kent Krueger fans.”

Chelsea Cain described Day One as “an utterly engrossing page-turner.” In the Vancouver Voice, Carolyn Schultz-Rathbun said, “The body count is positively Shakespearean, but in Cameron’s vision of P-town’s dark underbelly, love really is strong as death. Maybe stronger.” Day One was a finalist for the 2011 Spotted Owl Award for best Northwest mystery.

Chasing Smoke received a starred review from Library Journal, and Booklist declared, “it engages the reader on an emotional as well as literary level.” It was a finalist for the 2009 Spotted Owl Award. Lost Dog was nominated for the 2008 Rocky Award and was a finalist for the 2008 Spotted Owl Award. Cameron’s short story, “The Princess of Felony Flats,” was nominated for the CWA Short Story Dagger 2011.

Cameron’s short fiction has appeared in Portland Noir, Spinetingler, the Killer Year and First Thrills anthologies, as well as on Lit 103.3: Fiction for the Ears. In 2011, a pair of Skin Kadash stories appeared in the anthologies West Coast Crime Wave and Deadly Treats. More recently, Skin tales have appeared in Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine and Murder at the Beach.

Bill lives with his wife in Oregon. He is an eager hiker and avid bird-watcher, and likes to write near a window so he can meditate on whatever happens to fly by during intractable passages. He is currently at work on his next mystery. Bill tweets at twitter.com/bcmystery. He is a member of Friends of Mystery, SCBWI, and International Thriller Writers, and the Mystery Writers of America.

Awards and Nominations

Most Yellowjackets Stings at Once

Whatever Happened to Death With Dignity?

On the page opposite the title page of Lost Dog (Midnight Ink, 2007) you’ll see the note, “Forthcoming from Bill Cameron: Death With Dignity. I’ve received a number of queries asking, “Will we ever get to read Death With Dignity?” The answer is yes. Before release, Death With Dignity was re-titled Chasing Smoke.

Designer and Web Developer

Bill has 30 years experience in print and digital design, with an emphasis on collaborative web development, print and logo design, and typography.

See some design examples.

Kadash Chronology

For a complete list of all Skin Kadash stories and novels in chronological order, check out the Kadash Chronology.

Revisions are when you get to get to move the darts onto the bullseye while no one is looking.

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