Jon R Horton aka J Royal Horton was one of those kids who read by flashlight and dreamed of becoming a writer. He attended the U of Wyoming for a year before joining the US Air Force where he served as a Russian Linguist and Intelligence Analyst while stationed in Germany. After his discharge he attended California State University at Northridge and received a B.A. in Russian Language and Literature. After making a run at Hollywood he attended Idaho State University where he finished the coursework for an M.A. in English. However, the academic gender wars of the 70s inspired a shift to a long career in international oil exploration.
If you want to hear God chuckle, it is said, tell him your plans. The Christmas of 1926, a young man's path leads him far afield, where he demonstrates to a frightened boy the Christian teaching that charity - the giving of one's self - is the greatest gift of all.
Have you ever wondered where hard boiled detectives come from? In the third novel of the Jackson Hole Mysteries we follow Tom Thompson, a cop who has graduated from a recently sober small town cop to the man that killers fear the most—a spiritually wounded man unafraid to die, and unafraid to pull the trigger first.
In the first novel of the Jackson Hole Mysteries, we meet Chief Detective Tom "Tommy" Thompson of the Teton County Sheriff's Office, in the little resort town of Jackson Hole, Wyoming. He is a small town cop with small town experience, but major dealers in the ills of an evil world are about to educate him.