William Knox was a Scottish author, journalist and broadcaster. Born in Glasgow in 1928, he went into journalism aged just 16, covering crime and motoring, and eventually becoming a news editor. William (Bill) Knox began writing crime novels in the 1950s, often writing under a pseudonym such as Robert MacCleod, Michael Kirk or Noah Webster, particularly when writing for the American market. Between 1957 and 1999 he wrote over 50 crime novels – the final of which, The Lazarus Widow, was finished posthumously by Martin Edwards.
In the 1970s Bill Knox joined Scottish Television as a crime show presenter, and made a number of programmes about famous Scottish crimes.
His most famous series of novels where the Thane and Moss books, and a number of his Glasgow crime novels have been republished by Constable. Bill Knox died in 1999.