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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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 Over a career that spanned forty-four years, from 1962 to 2006, Dick Francis wrote forty novels as a solo author and four of them featured Sid Halley, a former jockey who had become a private investigator. This is the last of the forty novels and the last to feature Sid Halley, which is, I think, an appropriate way for both Sid Halley and his creator to bow out.


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message 62: by James

James Thane Judie wrote: "I recently read a series by Jonathan Dunsky about a Tel Aviv PI who had been a policeman in Hungary before he was sent to Auschwitz. The stories take place around 1950, soon after Israel became a s..."

Sounds interesting!


message 61: by Judie

Judie I recently read a series by Jonathan Dunsky about a Tel Aviv PI who had been a policeman in Hungary before he was sent to Auschwitz. The stories take place around 1950, soon after Israel became a state. The sixth book in the series takes place in Auschwitz and explains a lot about who he is in the earlier stories. Unexpected endings in all of them.


message 60: by Carol

Carol Thanks bundles for the like. You are spoiling this old girl, but I like it anyway. Hope things are going well with you!!!!


message 59: by Carol

Carol Jim - Hello hello Hello. My curiousity is up. What did they do for algorithms that slowed things down. HMMM. Was happy to see your name. Take care.
No, you certainly haven't done anything to disappoint me, and now that you've sent me a message, it occurs to me that I haven't seen any of your reviews in my feed for a while, which is why you haven't had any reaction from me. It looks like GR has changed their algorithms again, and suddenly, I'm not getting nearly as many reviews from my friends in my digest as I was earlier, which probably accounts for this.


message 58: by Carol (last edited Nov 30, 2020 07:42PM)

Carol Thanks loads for the nice "at a girl". I reallly liked this book, and was interesting reading both Barack's and Michelle's books. Both very Commanding people. Highly recommend. Thanks again. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving, and stay away from Coronavile.


message 57: by James

James Thane Carol wrote: "Thanks James for the like. I'm happy for you and the release of your new book. I'll need to check to see if any of our libraries have copies of your work. Proud of you!!!"

Thanks, Carol.


message 56: by Carol

Carol Thanks James for the like. I'm happy for you and the release of your new book. I'll need to check to see if any of our libraries have copies of your work. Proud of you!!!


message 55: by James

James Thane Carol wrote: "I owe you an apology. I was writing a comment, then all of a sudden, POOF your "Like" disappeared. I'm very sorry. I appreciate the life. Feel free to re-enter if you don't mind!!!!"

Not a problem. GR can sometimes be mischievous!


message 54: by James

James Thane Carol wrote: "Congrats on your new book! Looks like a winner!!!"

Thanks, Carol. I'm really looking forward to the release.


message 53: by Carol

Carol Congrats on your new book! Looks like a winner!!!


message 52: by Carol

Carol I owe you an apology. I was writing a comment, then all of a sudden, POOF your "Like" disappeared. I'm very sorry. I appreciate the life. Feel free to re-enter if you don't mind!!!!


message 51: by James

James Thane Carol wrote: "Howdy James. Got a question for you. By Some chance have you entered my name into the Scottsdale Library. I was so surprised."

Hi Carol. No, I didn't. Not sure what you might be referring to.


message 50: by Carol

Carol Howdy James. Got a question for you. By Some chance have you entered my name into the Scottsdale Library. I was so surprised.


message 49: by James

James Thane Carol wrote: "Have a very Happy New Year! And many happy hours of reading and writing. Best Wishes. Carol"

Happy New Year to you too, Carol!


message 48: by Carol

Carol Have a very Happy New Year! And many happy hours of reading and writing. Best Wishes. Carol


message 47: 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."


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.


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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!


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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...


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