About R. Franklin James

I grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area. My love of writing began in childhood when I wrote rambling tales of pirates and damsels in distress. As an adult, my penchant for writing took a more pragmatic path.

After graduating from UC Berkeley and completing a Master’s Degree Program in Public Policy from Cal State University at Hayward, I wrote legislation and public policy.  As Assistant Administrator for the Los Angeles Redevelopment Agency and then working in the LA Legislative Analyst office, I honed my skills in California redevelopment law. I was honored to be appointed a Deputy Mayor of Los Angeles by Richard Riordan.

After years in L.A., I became homesick for Northern California. I accepted a position as Director for Redevelopment for Placer County and eventually put aside my government career.

Following my career in public service, I returned to my passion for fiction writing. Those many years of immersion in law and criminal behavior inspired a mystery series. My 2013 debut novel, The Fallen Angels Book Club, was the first of the six-book series, published by Camel Press. It was followed by, Sticks & Stones (2014), The Return of the Fallen Angels Club (2015),and The Trade List (2016). The fifth book in the series: The Bell Tolls (2017).

I’m honored to serve on the board of Sisters in Crime-Sacramento Capitol Crimes Chapter. 

Additional professional memberships include:
• Board member, Bouchercon International
• Mystery Writers of America
• Northern California Publishers and Authors
• Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers

My Amazon author page is here. My Twitter handle is @RFJBooks .


My book in the front window of the
Alexander Book Company - Market Street, San Francisco























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Also Available
The Trade List Cover

Sticks & Stones by R. Franklin James

The Fallen Angels Book Club by R. Franklin James

An ambitious paralegal’s membership in a book club of white-collar ex-felons threatens her chances to clear her name when murder and betrayal become part of her real life next chapter.