Books by James O. Born

James O. Born is a Special Agent with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE). He has been involved in investigations in such areas as organized crime, violent crimes, economic crimes, drug cartels, and public corruption. Before working with th


SCENT OF MURDER by James O. Born
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 7, 2015

"Born (Burn Zone, 2008, etc.) pitches this one at readers who like law enforcement infighting better than detection and who love dogs most of all."
A sheriff's deputy in Palm Beach County fights for the respect due his unit and their canine colleagues as they go after the creep who's been kidnapping and assaulting local teenagers. Read full book review >
BURN ZONE by James O. Born
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Feb. 14, 2008

"Comic-strip villains and a protagonist whose habits have ossified into routine are formidable hurdles even for a storyteller as talented as Born (Field of Fire, 2007, etc.)."
ATF Special Agent Alex Duarte thinks he's chasing Panamanian pot—if only it were that simple. Read full book review >
FIELD OF FIRE by James O. Born
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Feb. 15, 2007

"If he ever manages to upgrade his prose—which is serviceable but bland—working-cop Born will rocket to the very top of thrillerdom."
A straight-arrow lawman copes with murder, conspiracy and dating in another of Born's dandy thrillers (Shock Wave, 2005, etc.). Read full book review >
ESCAPE CLAUSE by James O. Born
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Feb. 16, 2006

"A strong, colorful cast does wonders with average material, demonstrating once again that in contemporary crime fiction, whodunit matters less than who's-in-it. "
Returning for his third (Shock Wave, 2005, etc.), Bill Tasker is positioned as usual: under a cloud. Read full book review >
SHOCK WAVE by James O. Born
Released: April 21, 2005

"Top thrillwork, with a Jerry Bruckheimer ending, much welcome humor, and the Bureau as Born's tackling dummy."
Born draws on knowledge acquired as a special agent with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement to pen another police procedural as tough as lobby flooring and bulletproof glass. Read full book review >
WALKING MONEY by James O. Born
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 2004

"Born enters a crowded field with a tricky, well-paced plot and some sharply drawn characters. His style, though, is rather too straightforward: fresher detail and a more distinctive voice would jump his work to the head of the line."
An engaging thriller debut finds an ex-con, an FBI agent, and some Miami cops going after a satchel stuffed with the stuff that dreams are made of. Read full book review >