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), which Publishers Weekly calls a “fast-moving topical thriller” and DARK NETWORK (2017) which Kirkus Review calls "A rousing and provocative political thriller…” The third book is EMERGENCY POWERS, (2020) "so chillingly real, you pray it's not true."

James's fourth book, BASTARD VERDICT, launched in May of '23! It's a noir thriller of high stakes and low politics, set in Scotland, against a looming second referendum on Scottish Independence. Read the REVIEWS here, 4.5 Stars on Amazon and Goodreads

His short stories 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.

CV for James McCrone


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Press Packet and Media Materials links coming soon.


Jan 9 - Table reading, Culinati, at Fergies Pub, Phila.

Mar 19 - Noir at the Bar - Reading from Bastard Verdict, at Shade Bar, Sullivan St. NYC

April 21 - Panelist, Zinnia's Tea House & Books, Bally, PA

May 7 - 10am to 1pm - Art Fair at Dickinson Sq. Park (Phila.)

May 10 - UK Blog Tour kicks off! (through May 25)

May 15 - US Blog Tour kicks off! (through June 8)

May 17 - Pre-launch Party at Harry's Cigar Shop, 233 Church Street, Phila. (one block north of Market, between 2nd & 3rd) 6-8pm

May 18 8pm - Live Book Launch for BASTARD VERDICT! Hosted by AF McCrone and Cloak & Dagger Mystery Bookshop

May 21 - Book talk/Launch at Tredyffrin Library, beginning 2pm

May 23 - Spies, Lies and Private Eyes, with Terrence McCauley, podcast.

May 27 3pm - Launch party, "in the garden" at Hilltop Books, Chestnut Hill, PHL

June 1 10am - Interview, Blog Talk Radio w/ Fran Lewis

June 3 - Burlington Library (Westampton, NJ) Book Fest

June 6 7pm - Writer's Group Talk, Black Powder Tavern Wayne, PA

June 13 - CANCELLED MWA Reading Series at KGB Bar, 85 E 4th Street, New York, NY

June 24 - Norristown Library (Mont. Co) Crime Writers' Panel

June 26 - What I Learned w/ Matty Dalrymple-The Indy Author

Aug 16 - MWA-NY Reading Series at KGB Bar - 85 E 4th St, New York, NY 10003, 7:30pm

Sept 15-18 - Bloody Scotland - Stirling, Scotland, UK

Oct 1 - Art in the Park - Dickinson Square Park (South Phila.)

Oct 7 - Collingswood Book Festival - Collingswood, NJ (suburban Phila.)

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
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
The Book Club Reading List 6-October, 2017
Interview with David Alan Binder, 16-August, 2018
TV interview, Lima, OH (ONU), 29-November, 2018
Lima, OH News, (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,

Follow James any number of ways:
Chosen Words blog: Chosen Words
Mastodon: @JMcCrone
Twitter @JamesMcCrone4 (for now)
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.