Gregory James

Former detective Gregory James is an Australian crime fiction writer who spent nearly two decades as a member of the NSW Police Force, including many years working in regional and remote areas. Born in Tamworth and growing up in Rockhampton, he embarked on a career as a cop after deciding a business degree did not provide the appropriate stimulation. Furthering his graduate qualifications in criminology and investigations, he rose to the rank of Detective Inspector. While waiting for his real life to begin, he spent many years crafting his writing skills at The Writers Studio (Sydney), the Australian Writers Centre and the Queensland Writers Centre. When not dreaming about it, he loves travelling to the remote towns he writes about and further afield to Bali. Breaks from writing provide opportunities to continue his unsuccessful mastery of golf and guitar. Bordertown is his first novel.


The Australian outback is beautiful, idyllic, peaceful, and all Detective Bo Campbell has to do is fit in. Within a day of his arrival, however, he's asked to cover up the murder of a local Aboriginal woman found in bushland. When he discovers she's not the only one, his whole world comes crashing down. In 1982, north-western New South Wales is plagued by corruption, deaths in custody and inequality. Sent to the remote area after he accidentally shot and killed his partner in a bungled drug raid in Newtown, Bo finds himself caught in a trap and being squeezed by a ruthless group who will stop at nothing to get what they want. Bo only has one choice: will he save himself or risk everything to fight for truth and justice? In this harrowing, fast-paced novel, survival of the fittest takes on a whole new meaning. With his life and career crashing down around him, Bo gets help from those least expected. But who will pay the ultimate sacrifice?