A policeman for more than 20 years, Jim has served American law enforcement at the federal, state, and local levels, policing everything from inner city streets to backcountry dirt roads, from college campuses to military bases, from suburban parks to urban railroad yards. Most recently he was police chief for a small Midwestern town. His first novel, AN OBSCURE GRAVE, was a finalist for a CWA Debut Dagger. His true crime collection, JUST THE FACTS, included the WWA Spur-winning article, “Blood for Oil,” about the FBI’s first high-profile case, the Osage Indian Murders. He also served as the tech advisor for the DICK TRACY comic strip.