Larry Darter is an American writer of fiction, primarily of the mystery/detective genre. His most well-known works are the five novels written about the private detective Ben Malone.

Darter also writes another series featuring T.J. O’Sullivan, a New Zealand born woman working as a private detective in Honolulu, Hawaii. His works incorporate knowledge and experience gained during a 20-year career as a law enforcement officer in Oklahoma and Texas.

Darter was born in Oklahoma. After four years in the U.S. Navy he earned a BS degree from the University of Central Oklahoma in Edmond, Oklahoma. He later enlisted in the U.S. Army, completed officer candidate school, and served as an Infantry officer.