Border Tales

A first hand journalistic account of the day to day working life of front line Customs and Border Protection officers on the Arizona Mexican border. The author is both a former journalist and a retired Customs and Border Patrol officer. More

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About James Whitesell

Author Jim Whitesell was reared in the land of Icicles. Minnesota. He now lives in the land of No Icicles. Arizona. This is not by accident. In his turbulent younger years he did manage four years at the University of Minnesota, a stint in the Army Reserve, an 18 month civilian tour in Viet Nam and ten threadbare years writing part time for a small town newspaper. He also managed plenty of screw ups, abused booze and various chemicals and therefore embarked on a very long tour in a 12 step program.

In Jim's middle years he took on the obligations of a family man, marrying Betsy, who had four sons, soon adding a pair of daughters, plus Jim had a son from an earlier relationship. In the course of just a couple of years, going from a marginally curmudgeonly bachelor to a family man with a bunch of kids, Jim had to find a better paying line of work. He did, thereby engendering no little befuddlement in the inhabitants of his local world. The usual response--
"Say what? Jim Whitesell's a fed? You got to be kidding."

Nope. Not kidding. And yep, he was a fed. Much to the utter eye-popping astonishment of those who knew him, Jim wound up an armed federal law enforcement officer on the Mexican border. Customs and Border Protection. Which, combined with his reportorial and writing past, are the twin pillars of his journalistic first person non-fiction book, Border Tales, and The Elvis Chronicles, his whimsical series set in a fictional-and, some would say, borderline hallucinogenic-skewed take on the same world. Jim also wrote a mystery/suspense novel, The Storm, which is set in the Huachuca Mountains of southeast Arizona during a near Biblical scale deluge that was the real 'Hundred Year Storm' of 1983.
Several more books are under construction.

Jim dabbles in playing roots and folk music--Old Time Stringband, Bluegrass, Classic Country and Celtic. He also makes CD's and DVD's and dabbles in photography.

And he sure does enjoy living in the land of No Icicles.


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