By day, James Hime is a principal at The Lionstone Group, a Houston-based real estate investment firm where he is responsible for capital markets strategy and sits on the investment committee.
But in his spare time, Mr. Hime writes mysteries. His first novel, “The Night of the Dance,” was a finalist in 2003 for an Edgar Award, which honors mystery writers.
He's just come out with his third book, “Where Armadillos Go to Die.” The story is set in the small Texas town of Brenham. When Sylvester Bradshaw, a mysterious inventor and restaurant owner, goes missing, retired Texas Ranger Jeremiah Spur is hired to find him.
Caught by e-mail while on a business trip, Mr. Hime said he has wanted to write since “my first Hardy Boys mystery back around the time the earth cooled.” His writing moved beyond the dabbling phase after he switched to real estate investment from practicing law.
His agent is currently shopping a fourth manuscript in the series, “Imaginary Carnival.” Mr. Hime said he hasn't planned how many books he'll write in the Jeremiah Spur series. In addition, he said he is hard at work on a thriller set in the Middle East.
“All I know is, I'm not entirely content unless I am writing something.” — Arleen Jacobius