Jim Doherty

A cop for more than 20 years, JIM DOHERTY has served American law enforcement at the federal, state, and local levels, policing everything from inner city streets to rural dirt roads, from college campuses to military bases, from suburban parks to urban railroad yards. His first book JUST THE FACTS - TRUE TALES OF COPS & CRIMINALS, was a finalist for the Macavity Award in the non-fiction category. One of the articles included in the book, "Blood for Oil," about the Osage Indian Murder Case, the FBI's first high-profile investigation, won a Spur Award from the Western Writers of America for Best Short Non-Fiction. His first novel, AN OBSCURE GRAVE, set in Berkeley, CA, where he began his law enforcement career, is a police procedural featuring Dan Sullivan, a character Jim has developed in a number of short stories. It involves the part-time cop and full-time Cal undergrad in a missing persons case that is getting a lot of media attention. Is it an abduction? Or murder? AN OBSCURE GRAVE was a finalist for the Debut Dagger Award given by the British Crime Writers Association. In addition, Jim served for several years as the police technical advisor for the venerable cops-bn-robbers comic strip DICK TRACY, and will be a guest writer on strip for a short, two week "Minute Mystery" sequence. Jim is also the author of RAYMOND CHANDLER - MASTER OF AMERICAN NOIR, a series of lectures about the hard-boiled pioneer, that was used in an on-line class on Chandler, which Jim also taught. He met his lovely wife Katy, after moving to Chicago (Dick Tracy's city), and continues to live in the Midwest, where he is still a serving policeman.
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