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I have been a reader of biography, history, crime fact and fiction, and mystery for forty years. I have read and enjoyed all kinds of spy and mystery, though my favorites tend toward the loner male. Marlowe, Sam Spade, Lew Archer, Spenser, Nameless, Hoke Moseley, Harry Bosch — those are my guys.

Like a lot of people, I thought it would be great to write a book. I even had some ideas. Like a lot of people, I didn’t do anything about it.

Almost by accident, I became interested in the Bulwer-Lytton Fiction Contest and started writing, one sentence at a time. One of those sentences won, and people started bugging me: “What happens next?” After hearing that question too many times, I decided to write. I took that one sentence and fleshed it out into Bart Lasiter, private detective. Now I write, learning the craft a bit at a time as I go along.

I did go to school, too:  After growing up in the Chicago area, I moved to California to study Russian language at Monterey in the Army, earned a BFA from the San Francisco Art Institute (Photography 1970), and an MA from Humboldt State (Art/Photography 1973).

My work was in mechanical design, the last in 22 years at Lawrence Berkeley Lab until I retired in 2003.

My wife, Fran, and I have lived in Carmichael since I retired. We are slaves to our cat, Agamemnon, and two dogs, Bogie and Zootie.

I am a member of Mystery Writers of America, Sisters in Crime (NorCal & Sacramento), and the Public Safety Writers Association.


JIm B17 Bomber

Jim in B-17 bomb bay - Rex photo



Jim with cat

Author consults Aggie (Agamemnon) for plot ideas


Jim and Fran

Jim and Fran at John’s Grill

Jim at ThunderBird Lodge

Jim at the Thunderbird Lodge on the east shore of Lake Tahoe

Fran in tunnel

Fran below in Captain George Whittell’s tunnels


Fran doing research for her book

Fran with tomatoes
Fran in her new dining room

2 Dogs
Bogie (English Black Lab) and Zootie (Cairn Terrier)

Dog Bogie
Bogie has gotten bigger and grown a Snidely Whiplash moustache

I was fortunate to be invited to attend the FBI Citizens’ Academy. I am now a member of the FBI Citizens’ Academy Alumni Association, and volunteer at some FBI activities.

FBI Badge

Bogie chewed my badge

FBI pin

FBI Citizens’ Academy pin


Jim with Sacramento FBI SAC Herbert Brown during our graduation dinner at Mulvaney’s B&L

Jim dusts for prints

Jim at FBICA Class Shoot at the Stockton PD Range (FBI MP-5 in .40)


Volunteering to be a bad guy for the FBI/Sac County Sheriff multi-agency Swat Training:

Jim gets head exit wound makeup from volunteer Kaiser South nurse

After escaping from the nut-house (how fitting), Jim takes over JC’s Bar and smokes his own Glock
rather that let the Lawr take him alive. Did this for at least six different SWAT teams from S.F.
to South Lake Tahoe. Never trust a geezer.

Swizzle Stick from JC’s Bar

Between April and May, 2012, I attended the ten-week Sacramento County District Attorney Citizens' Academy, which included presentations by the Sacramento Police Department and Sacramento County Sheriff, and field trips to the District Attorney's and Public Defender's offices, County Courts, Communication Center, and County Jail.

I have enjoyed ride-alongs with the Sacramento Police and Sacramento County Sheriff.

I played a lot of basketball, from my mid-thirties until arthritis caught up with me in my mid-sixties. I played at the San Leandro Boys Club during long lunches, and wherever else I could, including three Don Nelson Warriors Fantasy Camps in the early nineties.

Jim with Bill Walton

While at Humboldt State I organized a showing of Robert Frank’s Photographs

My M.A. photographs were shown at the Humboldt State main gallery, and later that year at the San Francisco Historical Society, in a historic building that once housed the Nazi Consulate.