"Hall was one of the first authors to sign for us and we are always excited to receive his newest title," reflects John Hutchinson of VJ Books."Dead Last looks to be a classic Thorn mystery, full of edge of the chair suspense and Thorn's edgy approach to events," continued Hutchinson.
James was born (1947) in Kentucky but has lived most of his life in Florida.Originally a poet, he began writing crime fiction in the mid-1980s, publishing his first novel, Under Cover of Daylight, in 1986.Under Cover of Daylight is a murder mystery--starring a Key West fisherman named Thor--and was a well-received beginning to a popular series.
Besides the Thorn books, Hall has written stories and novels of life in South Florida, as well Hot Damn!, a collection of essays.
Hall has earned the Shamus Award for the Thorn novel, Black Water Sound and an Edgar Award (Best Short Story Category) for The Catch.Hall's novels have been Book-of-the-Month and Literary Guild selections.
James W. Hall was a Fulbright professor of literature in Spain and is a professor of literature and writing at Florida International University.He and his wife Evelyn and their three dogs, Carrie, Stella and Maggie, divide their time between South Florida and the mountains of western North Carolina.