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James O. Born

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Burn Zone (2008)
Field of Fire (2007)
Escape Clause (2006)

Shock Wave (2005)
Walking Money (2004)



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Burn Zone

It was supposed to be a low-level bust for ATF agent Alex Duarte, with the hope that he could work it up the ladder to someone important. He just didn't know how important. In New Orleans to check out a mysterious Panamanian named Ortiz who likes to trade guns illegally and import marijuana by the truckload, Duarte suddenly finds himself in the middle of something bigger than he has ever known. Because guns and drugs are bad enough-but there are other things that are much, much worse.

A shadowy colonel who is not what he seems... a white supremacist intent on becoming "the man who changed America"... an attractive FBI agent with a lot of pull and a lot of secrets... Alex Duarte knows he's in deep with these characters. He just hopes he's not over his head.

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Field of Fire

With Walking Money, James O. Born was hailed as "the real thing" by Elmore Leonard; Shock Wave was called "a constant blitz of action" (The Miami Herald); and with Escape Clause, Born was celebrated as "the best thing to happen to Florida crime writing since Elmore Leonard hit the Sunshine State" (Chicago Sun-Times). Now Born takes it to the next level with a remarkable novel of corruption, fraud, and the messy business of murder by explosives.

Since returning from Bosnia, ATF agent Alex "Rocket" Duarte has been slowly reacclimating to life in South Florida. But when a gunrunner's car explodes, Duarte's life kicks into high gear in a high-profile hunt for what appears to be a serial bomber. Teamed up with a lawyer from the Department of Justice who herself is looking into possibly related bombings in Virginia and Seattle, Duarte crisscrosses the country, following the bomber and hoping to anticipate his next move, but as he peels away the layers of deception, the lines between friends and enemies begin to blur-and the results are explosive.

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Escape Clause

Author James O. Born follows his critically acclaimed novels with a rich, dark thriller set in the most dangerous of locations: A Florida prison.

On a supposedly "safe" assignment to investigate the death of an inmate, FDLE agent Bill Tasker stumbles into a world where order is imposed by the strong and freedom is achieved by violence. Tasker finds that this isn't a vacation in a sleepy little Florida town. As he delves deeper into the prison and the town of Gladesville he finds Miami isn't so bad after all. Escape Clause is the third volume in the Bill Tasker series.

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Shock Wave

His last run-in with the FBI nearly killed him and now, Florida Department of Law Enforcement Agent Bill Tasker reluctantly teams up with them again on a case involving a stolen Stinger missile. The operation goes smoothly enough until a misinformed Tasker accidentally releases the key suspect. Tasker teams up with his tough talking friend, Miami cop Derrick Sutter and the hard-bodied ATF Agent, Camy Parks to find the bomber before something terrible happens. Staying just ahead of Tasker, the bomber draws the trio into a fast-paced cat and mouse chase through the tough Florida streets.

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Walking Money

State cop Bill Tasker has had problems in the past, but nothing compared to what's about to happen to him. A satchel with a million and a half in skimmed money is about to go walking. A phony community activist has decided to cash in, but a local FBI agent also has his eyes on the prize, a key witness gets murdered, and it's Tasker who ends up framed for the whole thing. Soon, other people become seduced by the cash as well, and as the satchel passes from hand to hand and the body count mounts, Tasker realizes it's all up to him. If he doesn't retake his life right now someone's going to do it for him.

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