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James W. Hall Books In Order

Publication Order of Thorn Books

Under Cover of Daylight (1987)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Tropical Freeze (1989)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Mean High Tide (1994)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Gone Wild (1995)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Buzz Cut (1996)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Red Sky at Night (1997)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Blackwater Sound (2002)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Off the Chart (2003)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Magic City (2007)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Hell's Bay (2008)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Silencer (2009)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Dead Last (2011)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Going Dark (2013)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Big Finish (2014)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Harper McDaniel Books

When They Come for You (2017)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
When You Can't Stop (2018)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Standalone Novels

Bones of Coral (1991)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Hard Aground (1992)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Body Language (1998)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Rough Draft (2000)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Forests of the Night (2004)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Short Stories/Novellas

The Haze (2016)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Short Story Collections

Paper Products (1990)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Over Exposure and Six Other Stories (2011)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
All My Pwoblems (2011)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Non-Fiction Books

Hot Damn! (2002)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Hit Lit (2012)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

James W. Hall
James W. Hall is a writer, a professor in the writing program at Florida International University, and the friend and mentor of many other writers.

James was born in the year 1947 in Hopkinsville, Kentucky. He has his master’s degree from Johns Hopkins University in creative writing as well as a doctorate in literature from the University of Utah. He was also a Fulbright professor of literature in Spain.

Between stints as a student, Hall has been a landscaper, a bartender, a marina worker, a handyman, a lifeguard, a summer camp dining hall manager, and a restaurant manager. He also dug post holes and built a fence for Robert Redford at his Sundance ranch.

He started his career as a poet. He founded the creative writing program at Florida International University during the early seventies, where he taught for forty years.

He and his wife Evelyn divide their time between the mountains of western North Carolina and South Florida. They have three dogs.

“The Catch”, a short story, won an Edgar Award. He won a John D. MacDonald Award for Excellence in Florida Fiction, which was awarded to him by the JDM Bibliophile.

James wrote two screenplays based off his projects, “Bones of Coral” (with Les Standiford) and “Under Cover of Daylight”.

James’ debut novel, called “Under Cover of Daylight”, was released in the year 1987. He writes the “Thorn” series and the “Harper McDaniel” series as well as some stand alone novels, poetry and short story collections, and non-fiction books.

“Under Cover of Daylight” is the third novel in the “Thorn” series and was released in the year 1994. This is a story of revenge down in the Florida Keys. Thorn’s parents died the exact day he was born, getting run off of the road by some drunk driver on their way home from the hospital. The baby lived, while the offender was able to beat the rap. Both went on with their lives. Until nineteen years on, when Thorn got his revenge, hunting down the killer of his parents, taking the man’s life in his vain effort to bring back people that were lost.

Two decades later, Thorn is still scarred by this crime. He lives in Key West, selling fish flies and keeping an eye on the woman, named Kate Truman, that adopted him when he was just a baby. Now he’s lost her, as well, to a couple of savage killers whom the cops have no hope of locating. Thorn knows the Keys well, and he is going to find them, however before he gets his revenge he has to face the horror of that first time he killed somebody.

“Mean High Tide” is the third novel in the “Thorn” series and was released in the year 1994. Under the still blue waters just off Key Largo, one woman dives into a dazzling assortment of color. However, behind the shimmering schools of fish, somewhere deep in the shadows of the reef, there’s a death trap waiting. In just minutes, a life’s going to be savagely and expertly taken, another will be plunged into a mean season of obsession, fury, and revenge.

His name’s Thorn, his world is open waters, mangrove islands, and ghosts from an all too-violent past. Darcy Richards meant everything to him. Now figuring out who killed her is. Wading deep into a seething mystery, Thorn gets catapulted into a nightmare filled with deception and violence.

Here lurks one aging ex-mobster, a sensual young lady with a hard come-on, and a sinister former CIA guy. What they’ve all got in common is one another’s mad ruthlessness. As well as a little red fish that’s going to make some folks very rich with others ending up dead.

“When They Come for You” is the first novel in the “Harper McDaniel” series and was released in the year 2017. After her infant son and journalist husband are savagely executed during a fire in their Florida home, Harper McDaniel (a photographer) has nothing at all to live for. Except to settle the score. Harper, once the local cops fail to take the arson seriously, takes the reins up herself and learns that her husband was looking into some mysterious deaths at a cacao plantation right on the Ivory Coast. Now she is certain that he was targeted in some corporate conspiracy to shut him up.

Helped by her ex-mafioso grandpa and well-connected financier brother, she goes off on a global manhunt, flying to Africa, then to Zurich so she can expose a high-level cover-up inside of a powerful chocolate conglomerate.

However, Harper has got a few secrets of her own, beginning with her lethal martial arts abilities. And she isn’t afraid to take any hired guns or guerrillas that stand in her way on. In attempting to cover their tracks, the conspirators made a final miscalculation. They never counted on Harper McDaniel hunting for them.

“When You Can’t Stop” is the second novel in the “Harper McDaniel” series and was released in the year 2018. One dangerous international conspiracy, a woman’s quest for revenge, and ruthless corporations intertwine.

Despite the best efforts on Harper McDaniel’s part, the guy responsible for killing her son and husband got exonerated due to some clever legal wrangling. It’s a blatant injustice that’s just made her more determined than ever to bring the culprit down. Her ammo? The incriminating info she has about his olive oil operations in Italy. However, the clues that she follows lead her into the depths of a corrupt plot that’s more poisonous and it reaches further than she realized. More dangerous as well because her foe is ready for her pursuit.

Helped again by her grandpa and brother, she journeys across Spain from Seville to this one medieval castle, which is the home to a successful olive farmer and is one of the closest allies that Harper has. Harper, being shadowed the entire way by some merciless hitman, moves deeper into the territory of the enemy. She questions whom she’s ale to really trust during this personal path of revenge and justice.

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