A former criminal lawyer, James is the author of more than twenty books including the Gangland series. He has also co-written books with the police officer responsible for the conviction of the Krays, Leonard Read (Nipper); and the gangster Frankie Fraser (Mad Frank’s Britain). Film rights in Nipper have been sold.
James has co-authored books with Susanna Lobez for Melbourne University Press about Australian crime, including Gangland Australia and Dangerous to Know.
His latest book was a biography of Bert Rossi.