New Thriller by Real Life Cop James O. Born January 24, 2008 (San Dimas, CA) James O. Born’s new book, Burn Zone, is to be released in mid-February.  James O. Born is a Special Agent with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement. He has been involved in investigations in such areas as organized crime, violent crimes, economic crimes, drug cartels, and police corruption.

Before working with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, Born joined the U.S. Marshals service in early 1986 as a deputy marshal.  One year later, he transferred to the Drug Enforcement Administration. In four years with DEA, he was assigned to the West Palm Beach field office, and traveled within the United States and Panama. He spent a great deal of time in Miami during the height of the drug wars. His investigations at DEA generally focused on cocaine smuggling from Colombia. In addition, he worked undercover in a number of situations, in one case volunteering to assist the ATF as an undercover agent in the Ku Klux Klan during an explosives investigation. 

According to the description of Burn Zone, “It was supposed to be a low-level bust for ATF agent Alex Duarte, with the hope that he could work it up the ladder to someone important. He just didn’t know how important. In New Orleans to check out a mysterious Panamanian named Ortiz who likes to trade guns illegally and import marijuana by the truckload, Duarte suddenly finds himself in the middle of something bigger than he has ever known. Because guns and drugs are bad enough – but there are other things that are much, much worse. A shadowy colonel who is not what he seems…a white supremacist intent on becoming “the man who changed America”…an attractive FBI agent with a lot of pull and a lot of secrets…Duarte knows he’s in deep with these characters. He just hopes it’s not over his head.” James O. Born’s previous novels have earned considerable praise: 

  • “Field of Fire jumps Born into the ranks of the major thriller writers,” says W.E.B. Griffin.
  • “Field Of Fire is a whiz-bang, nonstop thriller, told with the voice of absolute authority.  Jim Born never lets the action flag!” Tess Gerritsen.
  • “Field of Fire is impossible to put down.”  Mystery Scene Magazine.
  • “Jim Born raises the bar for the police procedural thriller.”–Joseph Wambaugh.
  • “Jim Born is the real thing: a South Florida lawman with an authentic sound that puts  you at the scene. Walking Money is a winner.”  -Elmore Leonard
  • “Top thrill-work . . .”- Kirkus Review, 3/05
  • “Putting 17 years of service with various law enforcement agencies to excellent use, Born delivers a riveting, serpentine tale. . . . This is a terrific debut” – Publisher’s Weekly

James has taken his new book on tour and will be available to sign copies at:

  •  2/15–Murder on the Beach, Delray Beach  7 PM
  • 2/16 – Circle Books, Sarasota,  1 PM
  • 2/16 – Haslam’s Books, St Petersburg  4:30 PM
  • 2/17 – Barnes &Nobles, Ft. Myers   1 PM
  • 2/17 – Borders, Naples   4 PM
  • 2/19 – Books & Books, Coral Gables  8 PM
  • 2/20 – Borders, Boca Raton   7 PM
  • 2/22 – South Carolina Book Festival  3 days
  • 2/25 – Coffee Buy the Book, Roswell, GA 7:00
  • 2/26 – Bayou Books/ Library, Niceville, FL 6:00
  • 2/27 – Citrus County Library, Beverly Hills, FL
  • 2/27 – The Muse, Deland, 6 PM
  • 3/1   – Sleuthfest, Ft Lauderdale TBA
  • 3/5  – Vero Beach Book Center, Vero Beach 7
  • 3/8    Low Country Writers, Charleston S.C.
  • 3/8 –  Barnes & Nobles, Charleston, SC 7PM
  •  3/12 – SW Florida Museum fundraiser Evening
  • 3/14 – SW Florida Book Festival TBA
  • 3/18 –Barnes & Noble, Wellington  7PM
  • 3/19 – Barnes & Noble, Plantation  7 PM
  • 3/22 – Hooked on Books, Islamorada  3 PM
  • 3/26 – Poisoned Pen, Scottsdale, AZ 7 PM
  • 3/27 – Murder By The Book, Houston, TX
  • 3/28 – Virginia Festival of Books, 4 PM
  • 4/4   – Vero Beach Literacy Foundation
  • 4/5   – Naples Press Club conference
  • 4/22 – Florida Library Association 

Contact information for the speaking our: 

Agent: Meg Ruley (212) 593-4330

Publicist: Yamil Anglada  (212) 366-2574, G.P. Putnam’s Sons now hosts 833 police officers (representing 379 police departments) and their 1759 law enforcement books in 32 categories, there are also listings of United States federal law enforcement employees turned authors, international police officers who have written books and civilian police personnel who have written books.


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