The James Charade

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Join Burton James, one of Chicago's most eligible bachelors, as he masterminds an intricate plot to con a con man. More

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About James McLaughlin

His lifelong love of reading coupled with an overactive imagination fueled the creation of Jim McLaughlin's novels. Starting with comic books as a kid, Jim is never without a good book at his side. A career move to Chicago was the spark that ignited the story behind "The James Charade". The economic downturn set in motion the central theme in "The Leveler". "Two Billion Reasons to Kill???" features Burton James, the popular character first introduced to the world in "The James Charade".

Born in Iowa and raised in Prairie Village, Kansas, Jim spent the majority of his career in the medical equipment industry, working for large companies before plunging headfirst into the wonderful world of entrepreneurship by starting and selling two successful medical equipment businesses in the Kansas City area.

Now retired, Jim spends his time reading and writing. He loves to travel with his wife, is addicted to water sports, is lousy at golf but still likes to play, and spends his spare time in his bead studio where he practices the age old art of lampwork.

Jim's favorite authors are Catherine Coulter (, Lawrence Sanders (may God rest his soul), and Robert B. Parker (now writing in Heaven with Lawrence Sanders).

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Review by: Tom Hagen on Aug. 8, 2015 :
A very good piece of writing, just short of great because the characters are not as convincing as they should be.
(reviewed 2 years after purchase)
Review by: Mark Sloan on June 30, 2014 :
The con in the story is interesting enough, but the characters are a bit wooden, or even comical. It's meant to be set in Chicago, but it reeks of a Winnetka mentality. The only Chicago settings are the places those from the North Shore are likely to visit, namely the Magnificent Mile. The misspelling of Silicon Valley as "Silicone Valley" produced a regular chuckle.
(reviewed 87 days after purchase)
Review by: David Burpee on March 12, 2012 :
Great book. Fast and funny. Give me more!
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Review by: Mary T on Jan. 17, 2012 :
This is one of the best books I've read in a very long time. The main character, Burton James, is a most likeable chap, but my favorite character in the book is Burton's best friend, David Weber. He is a delightful klutz. I can easily see him in the lead role in his own novel.
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Review by: Nate Kemp on Jan. 2, 2012 :
The James Charade is a classic. Very entertaining. I loved the whole con a con man idea.
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Review by: Marie Redding on Dec. 31, 2011 :
Excellent book!!! The character development was very good, scene descriptions excellent, and the writing style was easy to follow. Some mystery writers include way too many characters and plots so convoluted they are very hard to follow. The James Charade flows smoothly and is a very entertaining read.
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Review by: John Davis on Dec. 26, 2011 :
A previous review comparing this author's book to Lawrence Sanders work was the reason I read the novel. I loved Sander's Archy McNally character, and Burton James could be Archy McNally's brother. Burton is more independent and a little more edgy than Archy, but he is a loveable type and definitely smart. If I don't hear more about the escapades of Burton James in the future I'll be sorely disappointed.
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Review by: luvlit on Dec. 21, 2011 :
The James Charade is a very entertaining novel and a fast read. The plot is unique, the characters interesting, and the ending was not at all what I expected. Overall an excellent mystery laced with tongue-in-cheek humor.
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Review by: chiklit on Dec. 19, 2011 :
A friend told me about this book. Normally I read fiction with female protagonists. The writer has created a character in Burton James that is in touch with his feminine side. I was expecting a macho-man type but discovered the lead character to be very likeable. I will definitely recommend this book to others. Kudos to the author!
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Review by: Rolland Love on Dec. 14, 2011 :
“The James Charade is a great book and will make a great movie! Your style is so much like Lawrence Sanders I thought he had been resurrected. You promised to make me laugh out loud and I did so many times. Keep up the good work, I look forward to more of your five star stories in the future. Great that you're writing a 3rd novel!”
(reviewed 7 months after purchase)
Review by: 22skidoo on Dec. 13, 2011 :
A very clever story. Good character development, excellent scene descriptions, moved along quickly. A few problems with punctuation could be fixed by a good editor, but overall a most entertaining novel.
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Review by: imareader on Dec. 12, 2011 :
Fun read with good descriptions of Chicago. I lived there once and the book brought back fond memories.
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Review by: handyman on Dec. 11, 2011 :
Good read!
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Review by: TeacherReads on Dec. 9, 2011 :
I downloaded this book first thing this morning and just finished reading it. It was a delightful story, easy to follow without the confusion of too many characters. I fell in love with the main character, Burton James, and especially liked his police friend, Patrick Murphy. I hope to see more Burton James novels from this author in the future.
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