Jim Christ, Author
Jim Christ holds a degree in Literature and Writing from the University of Arizona, as well as two masters’ degrees.
His first novel, The Day Hal Quit, published in 2015, is a crime drama set in Southern Arizona in the late 1960’s. The themes are proscribed love, restraint and sacrifice. The Arizona Daily Star called the book “a fast ride through the desert and grass country of Southern Arizona.” Kirkus reviewer Courtney McDermott praised it as reminiscent of Cormac McCarthy.
Christ’s second novel, a “whodunit” entitled Ways to be Wicked, was published in 2018. Midwest Book Review called the story action-packed and thought-provoking.
His third novel, Girl out of Darkness, earned this review from Kirkus: “Drawing deeply from a rich tradition of hard-boiled detective fiction, Christ’s novel is unsentimentally realistic as it bravely tours the dark corridors of the human soul … A gripping story told with verve and intelligence.”
He has also penned non-fiction books, published by Prentice-Hall and Sterling.
Christ taught writing, literature and history in Arizona secondary schools for twenty-five years and served as a school administrator for eleven more. Many of the characters and incidents in his novels are inspired by actual people and events he encountered during his career as an educator, and his stories are authentically set in the Arizona borderlands. He lives with his wife in Tucson.