Harold Adams was born in Clark, South Dakota in 1923. He worked at the Minnesota Charities Review Council and the Better Business Bureau. He wrote the Carl Wilcox Mystery series, The Thief Who Stole Heaven, When Rich Men Die, and The Fourth of July Wake. He won the Private Eye Writers of America's Shamus Award and a Minnesota Book Award for The Man Who Was Taller than God. He died on April 4, 2014 at age of 91.