Ausgleich is author Jim Whitesell's seventh book. The first, Border Tales, is a non-fiction journalistic account of the working life of a U.S. border inspector on the Arizona/Sonora border. A book that melds Whitesell's two primary careers, journalist and border inspector. Jim's second book is a mystery/suspense book, The Storm, set in the Huachuca Mountains of southeastern Arizona during the Great Storm of 1983. Subsequently Jim wrote a series of four fictional very tongue-in-check books, the Elvis Chronicles, on the zany adventures and misadventures of a group of eccentric border inspectors lead by a direct descendant of the wild cattle stealing Gaels of Celtic Britain, Elvis Mahoney himself. This series of books is currently unavailable while under reconstructive surgery.
Though raised in Minnesota (which he calls 'The Big Tundra') Whitesell has long lived in the moderate climate of a mountain valley in southeast Arizona. Whenever he feels a tinge of Minnesota nostalgia he opens the freezer door in his refrigerator and sticks his head in it for a minute or two. That does it. So much for nostalgia. Whitesell loves Arizona.
He, however, is none too fond of rattlesnakes.
Jim has more books in gestation.