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 (www.catherinecoulter.com), Lawrence Sanders (may God rest his soul), and Robert B. Parker (now writing in Heaven with Lawrence Sanders).



Two Billion Reasons to Kill???
Series: Burton James Mysteries, Book 2. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 48,660. Language: English. Published: January 30, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Police Procedural, Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
(4.33 from 3 reviews)
Burton James is at it again. Joining forces with his college pal, Captain Patrick Murphy of the Chicago PD, the pair put their heads together to discover who murdered a Chicago area tycoon on the Fourth of July. The motive was obviously money...or was it???
The Leveler
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 82,040. Language: English. Published: June 7, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Psychological thriller
(4.67 from 9 reviews)
The Leveler...Don't get mad, get even!!!
The James Charade
Series: Burton James Mysteries, Book 1. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 84,190. Language: English. Published: June 7, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Police Procedural
(4.79 from 14 reviews)
Join Burton James, one of Chicago's most eligible bachelors, as he masterminds an intricate plot to con a con man.

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Smashwords book reviews by James McLaughlin

  • Nude Nuns and Other Peculiar People on Nov. 09, 2011

    I read the paperback edition of Nude Nuns and loved it. I just purchased a Nook and downloaded the book so I can easily refer back to it when I'm in need of a good laugh.
  • Blue Hole on Aug. 16, 2012

    A terrific story from back in the day when life was simple and children were innocent. Love pulls you into his story...you'll find this one hard to put down. James McLaughlin, Author of The James Charade, The Leveler, and Two Billion Reasons to Kill???
  • Back In The Day ... more Ozark Mountain Stories on Dec. 03, 2012

    Think Mark Twain when you read Rolland Love's novels. If you have even a small speck of country in you his stories will take you back to a time when summer days seemed to last forever and life in the Ozark Mountains was as sweet and pure as water from a deep well.