JAMES had seven years of military education before opting out
to see the world. Among many jobs held down in a wandering career,
his favourites include the dawn shift on a Mediterranean radio
station and back-stage work at the Old Vic.
In a recent interview, he said: 'Most writers don't write crime
novels; they write anti-crime novels - police procedurals, PI
stories and puzzlers. I write crime novels - about criminals and