National Bestselling author, H. Terrell Griffin, was born in Waycross, Georgia, and at age twelve moved to little Central Florida town of Sanford. The day after he graduated from high school at age 17, Terry enlisted in the U.S. Army. After three years of active duty, most of it in Germany, he began his studies at Mercer University in Macon, Georgia, where he earned degrees in history and law, and perhaps more importantly, married a young Macon woman named Jean Higgins. Upon graduation from law school, Terry returned to Central Florida and practiced law in Orlando for 38 years until his retirement.
Terry was a board certified civil trial lawyer and a member of a number of trial lawyer organizations, including the American Board of Trial Advocates, a national organization whose membership is open by invitation only to the most experienced trial lawyers in the nation. He is also a life member of the 14th Cavalry Association and holds a United States Coast Guard 100 Ton Masters License.
The first book of the Matt Royal series, Longboat Blues, became a regional bestseller following its publication in November 2005. Since then, Terry has published eight more Matt Royal mysteries, including Chasing Justice, which will be released on September 1, 2015.
Terry’s books have garnered many awards, including USA Book News Best Book of the Year in the mystery/suspense category in 2009, and runner-up for the prestigious Benjamin Franklin Award given by the Independent Book Publishers Association. His books have been finalists for both the Indie Excellence Award and Foreword Magazine’s Best Book of the Year in the Mystery Category and an Okra Pick by the Southeastern Independent Booksellers Association.
Collateral Damage was named one of the top ten mystery novels of 2011 by Suspense Magazine and spent four weeks on the Amazon Bestseller List, rising to the number one overall national bestseller.
The ninth book in the Matt Royal series, Chasing Justice, will be released on September 1, 2015, followed in April, 2016, by number ten, Mortal Dilemma. All these books feature Matt Royal, who, referring to the late John MacDonald’s character, has been described by one reviewer as “Travis McGee with a law degree.”
Terry’s essay on Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness appears in the Edgar, Anthony, and Macavity awards nominated book, Thrillers: 100 Must-Reads.
The Assassin’s Game, the first book in a new series featuring protagonist Ethan Fitzgerald, an American spy operating in Europe, was published in the summer of 2013. The second book in this series, The Edge of Yesterday, should be released in early 2016.
Terry and his wife, Jean, live in Longboat Key and Maitland, Florida