Just the Facts:
Bill Tilghman, legendary Oklahoma lawman and town-tamer from the Territorial era to the Roaring Twenties. Richard Crafts, an airline pilot who killed his stewardess wife and fed her frozen body into a rented woodchipper. Hawaiian Policeman Chang Apana, the real Chinese-American detective who inspired Earl Derr Biggers to create Charlie Chan. Their stories and many more are brought to life by Jim Doherty, "Just the Facts" columnist for Mystery Readers Journal.
is a well researched, addictive collection of
true case studies, some sensational, others little
known, all intensely interesting. And one, 'The
Mad Doctor and The Untouchable,' will no doubt
become a terrific movie."
Doherty combines the cool eye of a law enforcement
professional (which he is) with the fiery enthusiasm
of a fan (which he also is) in a superb collection of
essays detailing the true-crime back-stories of some
of mystery fiction’s
greatest yarns. These crisp, no-nonsense accounts
readable, and the Eliot Ness chapter alone is
worth the price of admission."
his stories of crime and crime-fighters in Chicago
and nearby, Jim Doherty told me things about old-time
Chicago that I never knew, even though I’ve lived
here thirty years. Well-written,
well-researched and fascinating!"
Buy Just the Facts: True Tales of Cops & Criminals
About the Author
A police officer for more than a decade, Jim Doherty has served in law enforcement at the local, state, and federal levels, working, at one time or another, for seven different agencies in six different states, and policing a wide variety of jurisdictions, from military bases to college campuses, from inner city streets to suburban parks.
Under his own name he’s written a series of police procedural short stories featuring a roving cop named Dan Sullivan, who’s moved around almost as much as Jim. Sullivan stories have appeared in Blue Murder, Mystery Buff, Hand Held Crime, and Writers’ Journal, among other venues.
He’s also written private eye stories as Kenneth Thornton Samuels and western/mystery hybrids as Scott Morrison, and is the author of a book about Raymond Chandler, available on the Internet and used as the text for an on-line course on Chandler he teaches for Barnes & Noble University.
Born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, Jim’s currently a resident of Chicago, where he lives with his wife (and occasional collaborator), Katy. A member of the Mystery Writers of America, the British Crime Writers Association, the Private Eye Writers of America, the American Crime Writers League, the Short Mystery Fiction Society, and the Police Writers Association, he describes himself as "not much of a joiner."