Thanks for visiting James Hankins Books.  I write novels.  They’re all thrillers, with elements of other genres as well — mystery, suspense, police procedural, supernatural.  I try to write books that make you want to read one more page before turning out the light . . . and then another, and, well, maybe just one more . . .

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In one hand, small-time crook Stokes holds a backpack stuffed with someone else’s money—three hundred and fifty thousand dollars of it.

In the other hand, Stokes has a cell phone, which he found with the money. On the line, a little girl he doesn’t know asks, “Daddy? Are you coming to get me? They say if you give them money they’ll let you take me home.”

SHADY CROSS is the story of an unscrupulous man torn between his survival instincts and the plight of a true innocent. Faced with the choice, Stokes discovers his conscience might not be as corroded as he thought.

Publishers Weekly calls SHADY CROSS an “outstanding crime thriller [that] … grabs the reader by the scruff of the neck and never lets go.” (starred review)  [Click here to read the full review.]

Booklist says SHADY CROSS is a “fine, offbeat novel…crammed with crackling dialogue and characters who are…all too true to life.” — Booklist (Don Crinklaw)  [Click here to read the full review.]

Read more about SHADY CROSS . . .





When a deranged homeless man calls Charlie Beckham by a nickname known by no one but Charlie’s brother, who disappeared without a trace thirteen years ago, Charlie embarks on a search for answers—a search that takes him into Boston’s darkest places and pits him against the city’s most dangerous people.  (Recipient of Kirkus Reviews starred review and named to Kirkus Reviews Best Books of 2013; click here to read the review.)

Read more about BROTHERS AND BONES . . .


A struggling artist . . . a disfigured agoraphobe . . . a lonely widower . . . a lost runaway.

Four strangers, drawn together by mysterious, frightening forces—a supernatural entity, terrifying nightmares, a ghost boy, a violent captor—race toward a single, shared destiny while a young life hangs in the balance.

Read more about DRAWN . . .




He wears the silly, gap-toothed, grinning mask of a popular cartoon alien.  He speaks in the alien’s cheerful, high-pitched, robotic vibrato.  He does so while committing unspeakable acts on his victims.  And it’s up to State Police Detective John Spader to stop him.

Read more about JACK OF SPADES . . .