James L. Thane

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James L. Thane was born and raised in northwestern Montana and has worked as a janitor, a dry cleaner, an auto parts salesman, a sawyer, an ambulance driver and a college professor. While working as an historian, Thane wrote one non-fiction book and a number of magazine and journal articles. But he always loved reading crime fiction and so decided to take a crack at writing a suspense novel. The result was NO PLACE TO DIE. The main protagonist is a Phoenix homicide detective named Sean Richardson. The second novel in the series is UNTIL DEATH, and the third is FATAL BLOW.


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James L. Thane I'm not sure I'm qualified to be giving advice to any other writers, aspiring or otherwise, but I think the most important thing you can do is to put…moreI'm not sure I'm qualified to be giving advice to any other writers, aspiring or otherwise, but I think the most important thing you can do is to put yourself in the chair and write every day. That's the way you learn the craft and hone your skills. I think it's also important that you read a lot, think critically about the books you read, and learn from other authors. I never cease to be amazed by people who tell me that they're thinking of writing a book and when I ask them who they read, they respond by saying, "Oh, I don't have time to read; I just want to write a book. Sorry, but it doesn't work that way...(less)
James L. Thane This is really a difficult question, John. There are so many crime novels that I love that it's virtually impossible to narrow the list down to five.…moreThis is really a difficult question, John. There are so many crime novels that I love that it's virtually impossible to narrow the list down to five. But these are five that I've read any number of times and that remain important to me for one reason or another:

Sins of the Fathers, by Lawrence Block. This is the first novel in Block's Matthew Scudder series, which remains, hands down, my favorite crime fiction series of all. Scudder is one of the great characters in crime fiction and it's important to follow the arc of the character from the beginning.

Trunk Music, by Michael Connelly. This is the fifth novel in Connelly's Harry Bosch series. I think that Connelly is writing the best of the modern police procedural series, and this is my favorite of the series.

Rules of Prey, by John Sandford. This is the book that introduced Minnesota police detective Lucas Davenport. I love the character and the wry humor in the books; the plots are always entertaining, and twenty-six books later, Lucas is still going strong.

The Big Sleep, by Raymond Chandler. This is the classic of all classic P.I. novels, and paved the way for much of the crime fiction that would follow.

The Winter of Frankie Machine, by Don Winslow. I could have put any number of Winslow's books on this list--I love virtually everything he's written, but I have a particular fondness for this book, which I imagine I'll be rereading for years to come, as is the case with all the other books I've listed here.
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Glasgow police detective Harry McCoy, the protagonist of Alan Parks's debut novel, Bloody January, returns in February's Son. The story takes place during a freezing winter in the 1970s, and McCoy is still recovering from the events that occurred in the first book when he is assigned a new case involving the brutal murder of a promising young footballer. The victim has been hacked to death and... Read more of this blog post »
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James Thane Melliott wrote: "James, I have a review of Sue Grafton's Millhone series coming out on my blog on Monday, if you're interested:

http://bookadept.com/blog

9:30 Pacific time."


Very nice piece, Melliott.


message 46: by James

James Thane Melliott wrote: "James, I have a review of Sue Grafton's Millhone series coming out on my blog on Monday, if you're interested:

http://bookadept.com/blog

9:30 Pacific time."


Thanks; I'll check it out,


Melliott James, I have a review of Sue Grafton's Millhone series coming out on my blog on Monday, if you're interested:

http://bookadept.com/blog

9:30 Pacific time.


message 44: by James

James Thane Carol wrote: "HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!"

To you too, Carol.


message 43: by Carol

Carol HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!


message 42: by James

James Thane Ginger wrote: "Thanks James for the friend request!
Happy reading!
Ginger"


Thanks, Ginger. Looking forward to reading your reviews.


message 41: by Ginger

Ginger Thanks James for the friend request!
Happy reading!
Ginger


message 40: by James

James Thane Marty wrote: "Hi James - Thanks for the friend request. I often skip requests from authors, but I saw that I already had your first book on my list, plus I see we have a lot of books in common. I look forward to..."

Thanks, Marty; I appreciate it. It's a bit awkward sending friend requests because I know a lot of people are automatically going to think that you're doing it because you're trying to sell books and not because you're genuinely interested in following their reviews. I'm looking forward to seeing your reviews.


message 39: by Marty

Marty Fried Hi James - Thanks for the friend request. I often skip requests from authors, but I saw that I already had your first book on my list, plus I see we have a lot of books in common. I look forward to reading your reviews and books.


message 38: by James

James Thane Sofia wrote: "Hi James, glad to meet you :D"

Looking forward to reading your reviews!


message 37: by Sofia

Sofia Hi James, glad to meet you :D


message 36: by Carol

Carol Thanks James, Ingrid, and Bobby. Hope you all are enjoying your new reads. Enjoy!!


message 35: by James

James Thane Hi William,

Sorry the book doesn't seem to be working for you, but I certainly understand that it won't appeal to every reader; peoples' tastes are different.

The more violent chapters are earlier in the book, and there's much less violence of this type in Until Death.

Hope that helps,

Jim


message 34: by William

William I'm sorry, but how many chapters of sick violence towards victims can I expect from McClain in "No Place to Die"?

Can I just skip those chapters without losing the plot?

I'm really trying to like your book, James.

May I ask if this style is repeated in subsequent books?


message 33: by James

James Thane Carolyn wrote: "Thanks for the friend request James. Thanks also for your 'like' of my review for I Hear the Sirens in the Street. I'm a big fan of Adrian McKinty's work."

You're welcome. I'm looking forward to reading more of your reviews.


message 32: by Carolyn

Carolyn Thanks for the friend request James. Thanks also for your 'like' of my review for I Hear the Sirens in the Street. I'm a big fan of Adrian McKinty's work.


message 31: by James

James Thane I'm really looking forward to the new book too, Cindy, although it may be a while before I get to it. My TBR stack is completely out of control. Sandford will be at my local bookstore in a couple of weeks to promote the book and I'm looking forward to the event. He's always a lot of fun.


message 30: by Cindy

Cindy Newton Thanks for the friendvite! I believe John Sandford, Stephen King, and Carl Hiassen provide a stable foundation for a friendship. I look forward to discussing Golden Prey with you!


message 29: by James

James Thane Jim wrote: "Thank you for the friend invite James! I enjoyed "Extreme Prey" and am looking forward to the publication of "Golden Prey" later this month."

I'm really looking forward to it to. Sandford will be here on the 25th to promote the book; it's always fun to see him.


message 28: by Jim

Jim Thank you for the friend invite James! I enjoyed "Extreme Prey" and am looking forward to the publication of "Golden Prey" later this month.


message 27: by James

James Thane Carolyn F. wrote: "Thanks for the friend invite James!"

You're welcome, Carolyn. I'm looking forward to your reviews.


Carolyn F. Thanks for the friend invite James!


message 25: by James

James Thane You're welcome. I enjoy reading them and you've alerted me to several books that I've added to my TBR list. (Of course the list is so long now that I will probably NEVER get to most of the books on it!)


message 24: by Linda

Linda I have been wanting to tell you thank you for reading and liking my reviews. I appreciate that very much!


message 23: by James

James Thane Ivonne wrote: "Thank you for the Friend request. It's wonderful to meet another fan of Peter Robinson, Lawrence Block, and Barry Maitland."

You're welcome, Ivonne--and thanks for accepting it. I'm looking forward to reading your reviews.


message 22: by Ivonne

Ivonne Rovira Thank you for the Friend request. It's wonderful to meet another fan of Peter Robinson, Lawrence Block, and Barry Maitland.


message 21: by Skip

Skip No Jussi Adler-Olsen on your bookshelves?


message 20: by James

James Thane Tfitoby wrote: "Hey James, are you also Gerri Russell? https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/1..."

Wow--don't know where that's coming from. I'd better get after GR...


message 19: by Toby

Toby Hey James, are you also Gerri Russell? https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/1...


message 18: by Joy

Joy I started following you on Twitter. I'm @joyfulng. :-)


message 17: by James

James Thane Mona wrote: "Thanks for liking my review of Gone Girl :)"

You're welcome. I'm really looking forward to getting to this one.


message 16: by Mona

Mona Thanks for liking my review of Gone Girl :)


message 15: by James

James Thane Hi Pam. As I understand it, Sandford is now doing one Virgil Flowers book and one Lucas Davenport book a year. As I recall, the Flowers book usually comes out in May,


message 14: by Pamela

Pamela Ennis Hi I am Pam and wanted to know if u knew if there was going to be another John Sandford Virigl Flowers Series and when it would be coming out... thanks


message 13: by James

James Thane Nan wrote: "Hi James, thank you for the friend request. It's nice to connect with other Tana French fans. If you haven't read her newest, Broken Harbor, yet, you really should. It's very very good."

After finishing this book, I'm going to be getting to it ASAP...


message 12: by Nan

Nan Hi James, thank you for the friend request. It's nice to connect with other Tana French fans. If you haven't read her newest, Broken Harbor, yet, you really should. It's very very good.


message 11: by James

James Thane You're welcome, Lucinda. Actually, I did read your review and thought it was very good, which was why I sent you a friend request. (I also noticed that you liked Dick Francis, who is another of my favorites.) I don't know KillerReads but will definitely look for it. Thanks for the tip.

Jim


message 10: by Lucinda

Lucinda Dear James,
I would like to thank you for your unexpected and lovely friendship request! I enjoy reading all kinds of genres and do love mystery, crime and thrillers hence why i loved 'Start Shooting' (please feel free to read my review on the novel). I love works by Sam Bourne, Camilla Lackberg ect. and do hope to be able to add your works to the list! Thank you so much once again and i look forward to future book discussions.
Kind Regards
Lucinda x

P.S- I also am a huge fan of a company whose website is www.KillerReads.com and was wondering if you knew of it at all?


Robert Thanks for accepting my friend request, James.


Christine Hatfield thanks for being my friend


message 7: by James

James Thane Jan C wrote: "James, I saw your comment on the DVD of Farewell, My Lovely. I got it a number of years ago from TCM/Movies Unlimited so you might try them."

Thanks, Jan. I'll get to their webiste and see if they have it.


message 6: by Jan C

Jan C James, I saw your comment on the DVD of Farewell, My Lovely. I got it a number of years ago from TCM/Movies Unlimited so you might try them.


message 5: by James

James Thane Cassy wrote: "Thank you for the invite. I was too shy to send you one myself. This should be good!"

You're welcome; thanks for the response. I'm looking forward to reading your reviews.


message 4: by Cassy

Cassy Thank you for the invite. I was too shy to send you one myself. This should be good!


Jerold Last This recommended book, The Empanada Affair, is my first novel, ---#2 is being edited for release in a month or two, and is, I think, better. Perhaps you'll eventually tell me whether it is. We share tastes in books---I'd slip Ross MacDonald in between Raymond Chandler and T. Jefferson Parker (and lots of others) to describe my shelves a bit.

This book is in the genre of mystery and thriller fiction with a few erotic scenes and an exquisitely unique locale...in this case the unique locale, which is pretty unique, is that obscure Northwest region of Argentina geographically and culturally.

The E-book is available from Amazon or from Smashwords for $0.99. Also as an iBook, from Barnes and Noble, and most other E-book distributors.The Empanada Affair


message 2: by Gary

Gary Revel Thanks for the add JIM.

It's great to have you as a friend.

My memoir - TO LIVE OR MAYBE NOT is at Barnes and Noble

It includes details of my birth in Folrala, Alabama, youth in Niceville, Dunedin, Safety Harbor, Bartow and Bonifay, Florida, high school-Holmes County High School, US Navy Service in San Diego, California, music business in Hollywood, Memphis, Nashville, my investigation of the Martin Luther King Jr. Assassination, recording and releasing the single record of the song about the MLK assassination, THEY SLEW THE DREAMER and more.

Paperback and Nook Book
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message 1: by Beth

Beth Hi Jim,
Thanks for befriending this fellow mystery/suspense author on Goodreads!


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