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

Darter also writes another series featuring T.J. O’Sullivan, a New Zealand expat 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 before beginning his law enforcement career.