James McCrone, Rittenhouse Square, Philadelphia.

About James McCrone, author

McCrone is the author of the Faithless Elector political suspense-thriller trilogy, featuring the driven, conflicted Imogen Trager, a by-the-numbers, (if rarely by-the-book) FBI investigator, comprising FAITHLESS ELECTOR (2016), DARK NETWORK (2017) and EMERGENCY POWERS, (2020)
James's fourth book, BASTARD VERDICT (2023) is a noir thriller of high stakes and low politics, set in Scotland against a looming second referendum on Scottish Independence.

Publishers Weekly calls Faithless Elector a “fast-moving topical thriller.” Kirkus Review says Dark Network "delivers a combination of stirring action and remarkably intricate plot entanglements…A rousing and provocative political thriller…”. Emergency Powers is "so chillingly real, you pray it's not true."
Read the full REVIEWS here, 4.5 Stars on Amazon and Goodreads

His short stories have also appeared in the collection Low Down Dirty Vote, vol.2, July, 2020. A third LDDV, vol. 3, published in May of '22, featured his short story "Nostalgia." The short story "Ultimatum Games" appeared in January of this year in Rock and a Hard Place magazine Winter/#7. His story "Eight O'Clock Sharp," appeared in January '22, in Retreats from Oblivion.

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Press Packet and Media Materials links coming soon.


Jan 9 - In discussion with Dick Belsky for the launch of Broadcast Blues at The Mysterious Bookshop, 58 Warren Street, NY (CANCELED DUE TO WEATER)

Feb. 6 - "What's Hidden", short story published in Killer Nashville magazine, Feb 2024

Feb. 20 - Brandywine Writers Group Talk - Creating Tension, with Philadelphia Crime Writer, James McCrone

March 9 - Deathknell VI Book Launch and Open House, Delaware Valley Sisters in Crime, at Tredyffrin Library.

April 2 - How to Steal an Election," part of MWA-NY's CrimeCraft Series

May 11 - iScream for Mysteries! Mechanicsburg Mystery Bookshop event

Check back for more dates!

PHOTO GALLERY - Readings, Book Signings

Dark Network and Faithless Elector

INTERVIEWS "How a Novelist From Seattle Became Head of the Italian Market" Jon Trinacria
Podcast - Spies, Lies & Private Eyes podcast with Terrence McCauley - Nov 16, 2023
Youtube - in converstation with Mysti Berry, Bastard Verdict and Bloody Scotland- Feb 2023.
What I Learned w/ Matty Dalrymple-The Indy Author - June 2023
Interview with author Michael Bradley - June 2023
Guest Post - the First Two Pages blog
Mark Jackson "Behind the Pages," 5-July, 2018
The Dorset Book Detective, 4-October, 2017
TV interview, Lima, OH (ONU), 29-November, 2018

James is a member of the International Association of Crime Writers, Mystery Writers of America, and is the 2023-25 President of the DE-Valley Chapter Sisters in Crime Network; International Thriller Writers, Philadelphia Dramatists Center,

SOCIAL MEDIA: I'm no longer on Twitter/"X" But you can find me lots of other places!
Chosen Words blog: Chosen Words
Mastodon: @JMcCrone
Facebook, James McCrone author (@FaithlessElector)
and Instagram/Threads "@james.mccrone"


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Biography: McCrone has managed to weave fiction and fact into the compelling thrillers—Faithless Elector (2016), Dark Network (2017), Emergency Powers (2020), and now, BASTARD VERDICT (18-May-2023)! Kirkus Review has called McCrone’s earlier thrillers “taut,” “gripping,” and “timely.” His work “Numbers Don’t Lie” appeared in the 2020 short-story anthology Low Down Dirty Vote, vol. 2; and the short story “Ultimatum Games” appeared in the Winter/#7 issue of Rock and a Hard Place magazine. A short story about voter suppression, “Nostalgia,” appeared, in the third volume of LDDV.
McCrone is a member of Mystery Writers of America, Int’l Assoc. of Crime Writers, Int’l Thriller Writers, Philadelphia Dramatists’ Center, and he’s the vice-president of the Delaware Valley Sisters in Crime chapter.

Raised in the Midwest (Iowa and Wisconsin), and in the Pacific Northwest (Seattle) McCrone has lived in Scotland, England, France and Uruguay. His work both on an off the page deals with politics, and with what lies behind the headlines and easy explanations. He has worked in community development and affordable housing for more than fifteen years and has been writing stories since before he could spell properly. McCrone graduated in 1990 from the University of Washington in Seattle, with an MFA in Creative Writing. National Book Award Winner (for Middle Passage) Charles Johnson, was the chair of his committee.

McCrone lives in South Philadelphia with his wife and three children, where he is the former Business Manager for the South 9th Street/Italian Market Business Association - now writing full time.

He is also the former Executive Director and Corridor Manager for the Tacony Community Development Corp (Phila.), Bloomfield Center Alliance and Main Street Highland Park, both in New Jersey.