James W. Hall
Kentucky-born James W. Hall graduated from Florida Presbyterian College with a B.A. in literature, and a deep love of Florida. He went on to earn an M.A. from Johns Hopkins University and a Ph.D. from the University of Utah, then returned to Florida to teach literature and creative writing at Florida International University for the next 36 years. During that time he published four books of poetry, a collection of short stories, a book of essays, and 17 novels, most of which feature an enigmatic loner named Thorn. Mr. Hall was a Fulbright professor in Spain and is the winner of both the Edgar Award and the Shamus.