James Montgomery Jackson

Writing about when "Honesty Isn't Everything"

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April 3, 2018 (Preorders available).

If you love the suspense and plot twists of domestic thrillers, this page-turner is for you. Seamus McCree’s first solo bodyguard assignment goes from bad to worse. His client disappears. His granddog finds a buried human bone. Police find a fresh human body.

His client is to testify in a Chicago money laundering trial. He’s paranoid that with a price on his head, if the police know where he’s staying, the information will leak. Seamus promised his business partner and lover, Abigail Hancock, that he’d keep the witness safe at the McCree family camp located deep in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan’s woods.

Abigail is furious at his incompetence and their relationship flounders. Even his often-helpful son, Paddy, must put family safety ahead of helping his father. Seamus risks his own safety and freedom to turn amateur sleuth in hopes he can solve the crimes, fulfill his promise of protection, and win back Abigail. Wit and grit are on his side, but the clock is ticking . . . and the hit man is on his way.

Check out the first four chapters of Empty Promises.

Download the pdf here. Give it a read and let me know what you think.

What Readers Are Saying

Gripping action nicely juxtaposes personal scenes, courtroom appearances, legal confrontations, and investigative conundrums in a fast-paced plot that is absorbingly unpredictable, filled with twists, and nicely cemented by personal challenges on many sides, making for a detective thriller that genre readers will appreciate.

~ D. Donovan, Senior Reviewer, Midwest Book Review

When it comes to thrillers, Jackson’s protagonist, Seamus McGree, is unforgettable. Empty Promises is a well-crafted addition to an excellent series.

~ Debra H. Goldstein, IPPY Award winning author of Maze in Blue

James Jackson writes heart-pounding suspense, keeping you guessing at each character's role in the story and tying it up nicely at the end, including some unexpected surprises. The emotions wrung out of this book are genuine and believable with Seamus facing down personal crisis and genuine fear for his life.

~ Goodreads Review

Spend some time with Seamus and company—you won’t be disappointed.

~ Tina Whittle, author of the Tai Randolph mysteries

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Latest News

Empty Promises STATUS Release date is April 3, 2018!

False Bottom STATUS (6th in the Seamus McCree series): Back to Boston, and Family, and More Secrets. Uncle Mike is murdered. Seamus mistakenly thinks being Uncle Mike's executor will be straight forward.

False Bottom First Draft
COMPLETE 11/25/17
False Bottom Second Draft
Here we go . . .

   Last Updated 3/15/2018


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