BYRD, Max. American, b. 1942. Genres: Mystery/Crime/Suspense, Literary criticism and history, Romance/Historical. Career: Professor, University of California, Davis, since 1981 (Associate Professor, 1976-81). Assistant Professor of English, 1970-75, and Associate Professor, 1975-76, Yale University, New Haven, Conn. Recipient, Private Eye Writers of America Shamus Award, 1982. Publications: MYSTERY NOVELS: California Thriller, 1981; Fly Away, Jill, 1981; Finders Weepers, 1983; Target of Opportunity, 1988; Fuse Time, 1991. HISTORICAL NOVELS: Jefferson, 1993; Jackson, 1997; Grant, 2000. OTHER: Visits to Bedlam: Madness and Literature in the Eighteenth Century, 1974; (ed.) Daniel Defoe: A Collection of Critical Essays, 1976; London Transformed: Images of the City in the 18th Century, 1978; Tristram Shandy, 1985.