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James W Hall


(James Wilson Hall)
USA flag (b.1947)

A native of Kentucky, James W. Hall has made Florida his home, as well as the setting for his popular suspense thrillers. He obtained his B.A. in Literature from Florida Presbyterian College (now Eckerd College) in 1969, an M.A. in Creative Writing from Johns Hopkins University in 1970, and a Ph.D. in Literature from the University of Utah in 1973.

For the last 29 years, he has taught literature and creative writing at Florida International University, where his students have included Dennis Lehane, Barbara Parker, and Vicki Hendricks. After publishing four books of poetry-three with the Carnegie-Mellon University Press-and several works of short fiction in such magazines as the Georgia Review and Kenyon Review, Hall began writing crime novels in 1986 with Under Cover of Daylight.

He lives on the edge of Blackwater Sound in Key Largo, Florida, with his wife, Evelyn, and his dogs, Travis and Sofie.
 

Genres: Mystery, Young Adult Fantasy
 
Series
Thorn P.I.
   1. Under Cover of Daylight (1987)
   2. Tropical Freeze (1989)
     aka Squall Line
   3. Mean High Tide (1994)
   4. Gone Wild (1995)
   5. Buzz Cut (1996)
   6. Red Sky At Night (1997)
   7. Blackwater Sound (2002)
   8. Off the Chart (2003)
   9. Magic City (2007)
   10. Hell's Bay (2008)
   11. Silencer (2010)
   12. Dead Last (2011)
   13. Going Dark (2013)
   14. The Big Finish (2014)
   15. Bad Axe (2020)
   16. Trickster (2022)
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Novels
   Paper Products (1990)
   Bones of Coral (1991)
   Hard Aground (1992)
   Naked Came the Manatee (1997) (with others)
   Body Language (1998)
   Rough Draft (2000)
   Forests of the Night (2005)
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Collections
   The Putt at the End of the World (2000) (with others)
   Over Exposure (2011)
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Series contributed to
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James W Hall recommends
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Guava Moon Revenge (2018)
(Alex Rutledge, book 8)
Tom Corcoran
"No one writes about Key West with more authority, lyricism and muscularity..."
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Takeoff (2018)
(Seth Walker, book 1)
Joseph Reid
"Takeoff is a blast. From the first explosive scene to the last page, this story pins you to your seat and never lets you go. Seth Walker, the hero of this riveting tale, is a man worthy of many books. It’s a good thing he’s so well-armed with highly unique skills and street smarts and a charming wit, because Seth is on the frontlines in a very dangerous world. My money’s on this guy in the battles to come."
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Erased from Memory (2006)
(Carla Day, book 2)
Diana O'Hehir
"A sleuth worthy of comparison to Agatha Christie's Hercule Poirot or Sue Grafton's Kinsey Millhone."

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Anthologies containing stories by James W Hall
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USA Noir (2013)
Best of the Akashic Noir Series
(Akashic Noir)
edited by
Johnny Temple

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