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James H. Lilley

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James H. Lilley is a former Marine and Police Sergeant with the Howard County Police Department (Maryland). He worked in the Uniformed Patrol Division, Criminal Investigations Division, Forensic Services (CSI) and Drug Enforcement Division. His Street Drug Unit was featured in the book "Undercover" by Hans Halberstadt and published by Simon and Schuster. Some of his awards include The Medal of Valor, Four Bronze Stars, Four Unit Citations and the Governor's Citation. He is also an 8th Degree Black Belt in Shorin Ryu Karate and the first American to be promoted to the rank of Black Belt by Mr. Takeshi Miyagi. James Lilley is the author of seven books: The Eyes of the Hunter; A Miracle for Tony Clements; The Far Side of the Bridge; A Question of Honor; Just Retribution; Death Knocks Twice; FATAL DESTINY - The Carjacking Murder of Doctor Pam Basu;  Mr. Miyagi and Me; Finding Christmas; and, Cop Tales: Legends, Pranks and Stories from a Bygone Era.

According to the book description of Cop Tales: Legends, Pranks and Stories from a Bygone Era, "Before the dawn of political correctness and the almost choking fear of offending someone, there was a brand of humor that deemed no one sacred. In the world of law enforcement lived those who dared to trample upon everything from the sanctity of motherhood to race and religion. There were no exemptions or exclusions and anyone could fall prey to a trivial barb or a very elaborate prank. Cartoons, poems, letters, and living creatures from cats to snakes were just a few of the "tools" of the police humor trade. Of course, the calls for assistance often provided some moments of side splitting laughter and comic relief. The mere twisting of a word could alter the response to a call and cause dozens of police cars to rush, with lights flashing and sirens sounding, to a home or business. Seconds after arrival they could be left scratching their heads and asking how a bird became a burglar. Back in those old days of policing a tough guy who boasted, "If you didn't have that badge and gun, I'd stomp your ass," often found his wish granted. And, on some those occasions when the badge and gun came off, bets were placed on the outcome."

According to the book description of Finding Christmas, "Wounded in the line of duty and on the road to recovery, Jack Lacey returns with "Pops" his great grandfather to the "old homestead" for the holidays. There he works to restore the family church in time for Christmas Eve and find the spirit of Christmases from long, long ago. When he sees the job ahead as an impossible take, Pops simply smiles and says, "Just have faith and believe in your heart and all will be fine." Yet, he remains skeptical, believing only a miracle will restore the old church in time for Christmas. Early on, he discovers a brazen little church mouse that has him wondering about the magical mysteries Pops told him surround the old homestead. "Oscar" listens patiently to Jack's telling of a fateful day in May that gave him the title of "hero," a title he detests. And, strangely, to Jack it seems that the daring mouse understands. To complicate matters, Julia Atkins, a lovely young woman, has slipped, unexpectedly, into his life and is trying to steal his heart. But, he's determined to resist her efforts. Soon, he's fighting his demons and searching for himself, while toiling in the old church with Julia by his side. When temptation builds to take her in his arms, an old love appears and wants him back."

According to the book description of Mr. Miyagi and Me, “If you come to my dojo you will never be promoted to any rank. You will always remain a white belt. But, I expect that you will be like all other Americans that came to my class, and quit. I am much too strict, much too tough for Americans. But if you want to learn and learn the right way, come back and I will teach you.” Mr. Takeshi Miyagi directed those words to me on a rainy November night in 1963. The following night fellow Marine, Len Neidert and I returned, and were served our first of many doses of humble pie. The very first lesson taught in Miyagi’s dojo was that of humility. He handed me a straw broom while telling Len and I that our first duty was sweeping the classroom floor. And, as it turned out, the classroom floor was the hardened dirt outside of Mr. Miyagi’s house. It would be our nightly chore to sweep away the small pebbles that somehow gathered on the “floor” between classes. Next, we would have to lower a bucket into the well, fill a metal teapot and put out drinking glasses so the students would have water to drink. We snapped out a hearty "Yes, sir" and began our chores. When our tasks were completed, we anxiously waited for our fellow students to arrive. One by one they arrived, and we offered each a polite greeting, which they coldly ignored.  Over the next several months, in a place where we were not welcomed with open arms, we struggled to win the trust and confidence of Mr. Miyagi and his students. We saw a long, difficult journey ahead of us, and the road was paved with aches and pains, and countless bumps and bruises.”

According to the book description of FATAL DESTINY - The Carjacking Murder of Doctor Pam Basu, “The brutal death of Doctor Pam Basu and forcible taking of her car on September 8, 1992 is the singular incident, which defined carjacking. Her senseless killing was truly the murder reported around the world. From CBS, NBC and ABC to CNN and FOX News, People and Time Magazines, her death created a media frenzy.

The outcry over Pam Basu's murder brought thunderous applause from members of her community when they were told the suspects could face the death penalty. But, the cries for justice continued, and her death became the catalyst for House Bill H.R. 4542, The Anti-Car Theft Act of 1992. President George H. W. Bush signed that bill into law in the presence of members of the International Association of Chiefs of Police on October 25, 1992.

The case continues to make national news, as suspects pursue appeals and challenge legislation and court rulings. The crime has been cited in the Baltimore Sun, Washington Post, New York Times, London Times, The Associated Press, Los Angeles Times, USA Today and others. The media has referred to the Basu carjacking as "the crime that won't go away." The crime stands as a lead case cited in legal documents, court cases and dictionaries. It has been cited as a primary case in West's Encyclopedia of American Law and Webster's Online Dictionary.

Yet, this hideous killing held a double twist that seemed better suited to a Hollywood Thriller. Pam's husband, Steve, while videotaping her departure from their home with their daughter, Sarina, captured the images of the two men who would moments later brutally beat and drag to death his loving wife. And, she lived and died in a town called Savage, Maryland.  Howard County Police Officer, Jody Ann Tookey (the first officer on the scene of the crime), said, "Two days after the murder I sat down to dinner and suddenly became sick.  I couldn't touch my food, because I could see her body lying there in the road. And, sometimes, my stomach still turns. I had nightmares for days. I saw the victim standing in the roadway asking me for help. She would yell at me to do something and her child would cry. In the days before the first trial I had the nightmares again. I still have the horrible dreams, but not as often. People tell me I'll always have them."

According to the book description of The Eyes of the Hunter, “Take a journey back into the Old West, where a distant grandfather of modern-day detective sergeant Jefferson Daniel Lewis is a U.S. Marshal. Look at those days through the eyes of Marshal Jefferson Lewis and see the Sioux Indians, George Armstrong Custer, Crazy Horse and the battle of the Little Big Horn. Marshal Lewis is a man with a different way of thinking, and he lives his life as his father taught him. While riding in search of outlaws and the men who killed his brothers, he meets and befriends Soaring Hawk, a Sioux Indian. He meets Ben Dawkins, a former slave, and finds a loyal companion after saving the life of a young wolf. Lewis truly believes that friendship isn’t based on the color of a man’s skin or his heritage and that a true friend is worth more than worldly possessions. When he arrives in a town called Broken Rock, he meets a very lovely young woman named Hannah Taylor. Suddenly, he finds the road to romance is rather bumpy, often complicated, and sometimes very funny.”

According to the book description of A Miracle for Tony Clements, it is “a funny Heart-Warming story of the coming of age of Tony Clements. Tony’s policeman father was killed in the line of duty and Tony wants to be like him. Devine intervention turns him from klutz to hero, and brings him love.”

According to the book description of The Far Side of the Bridge, “Detective Jefferson Daniel Lewis has the unenviable task of hunting for a serial rapist and murderer who has a taste for wealthy women. Tiffany Barrows, wife of millionaire businessman Zachary Barrows, has been marked as the killer’s next victim. Lewis suddenly finds himself acting as her bodyguard as well as lead investigator in the case. Still, he relentlessly chases down every clue and soon finds that some of them point to a policeman. Not just any policeman, but Captain Karl Thomas, Commander of the Homicide Division and a man with a messy divorce in his past. Lewis pushes on, only to have his world crumble: first a suicide note from a suspect he’d cleared confessing to the murders and a good friend beaten and left for dead, then a shocking, public revelation that he’s having an affair with Tiffany Barrows. Shamed and pushed into a corner, J. D. Lewis is suspended from the police department and wonders if anyone will believe him when he says the killer’s still out there.”

According to the book description of A Question of Honor, “A man who had served in the police force with pride and honor was being sent to prison for a crime he hadn't committed. But Jesse Kelly wouldn't survive a week in prison. Then came a helping hand, and the accident in which it was assumed he had perished.  Follow him as he sets out on a quest for justice and revenge.”

According to the book description of Just Retribution, “Jesse James Kelly wanted to put his past behind him and live a normal life with the woman of his dreams, but a sudden bump in the road gave control of his world to someone else. Martin Gates, a cold, scheming, government agent, steps into his life and offers him a job that he can’t refuse. Refusal would certainly mean his death. He accepts Gates’ offer only to find that acceptance has also dragged Lacey into his dark world. Suddenly he’s standing beside the woman he loves, training her to be like him. From surveillance and strategy, firearms to hand-to-hand combat, he teaches Lacey to kill. Their first assignment takes them inside a jail where they are to arrange the escape of two prisoners. From the jail they hurry to a county hospital where a fierce gun battle erupts outside the emergency room. A run for freedom over back roads leads to more bloodshed and a narrow escape, but their peace is short-lived. Gates wants more and assures them that the next part of their job will be a snap. He sends them to Pennsylvania to find a hidden briefcase filled with top secret documents, but there Jesse finds that he’s been betrayed when he walks into a carefully baited trap. Behind bars and wondering what’s happened to Lacey, he faces an uncertain fate when a detective tells him he knows he’s wanted for murder.”

According to the book description of Death Knocks Twice, “Halloween night, with a Hunter's Moon in the sky, finds Detective Jefferson Daniel Lewis on the scene of a murder. Another child molester's been killed with the signature double tap to the head. Two .22 caliber bullets, and little else to go on, puts Lewis in the middle of right and wrong when sentiment rests on the side of the killer. To complicate matters, he's assigned a new partner. Maria Santana, a dark-eyed, raven-haired beauty works beside him day and night, but knows she'd like to be a lot more than just his partner. Yet she's not the only one who'd like to have his personal attention. He tries to keep affairs of the heart out of the way while he looks for clues and when he least expects it, he finds what he's been searching for. Lewis meets with Maria Santana and Captain Karl Thomas, commander of the Homicide Division, to bait a trap for a killer. Suddenly the plan is ripped apart. A child murderer is set free touching off a race against time during a violent storm-a race that brings a shocking end to the hunt.”

According to the book description of A Tony Clements Christmas Miracle, “Angela Clements is very ill, and it seems she will leave her husband, Tony, and children Ryan and Sarah before Christmas. Higgins tries to offer comfort and encouragement to the young man he had helped nine years ago. At the same time, he tells Ryan and Sarah it’s okay to believe in, and pray for, miracles. He makes many trips to the altar of St. Mary’s Church, where he argues with “the Chief” and demands that He make Angela well. When the Chief says he can’t, Higgins yells, “You can do anything. You’re God!” And there, the Chief challenges Higgins to make Him believe. Follow Bill Higgins on a roller coaster ride from tears to laughter as he searches for another miracle for Tony Clements. He battles thugs, thieves, and grinches, and takes on the ACLU, all while trying to bring back the true spirit of Christmas and catch that elusive miracle.”

2008 Police Writer’s Award

James H. Lilley was selected as the 2008 Police-Writers.com Author of the Year.  The author of the year selection was based in part on writing ability and in part on career and community service.   James H. Lilley began his lifetime as a United States Marine in 1961.  Shortly after his discharge, he joined the Howard County Police Department (Maryland), graduating first in his class.  During his career his received numerous honors such as Medal of Valor, four Bronze Stars, four Unit Citations and the Governor’s Citation.   James H. Lilley has published six novels, articles in Police Chief Magazine and authored an International Association of Chiefs of Police training key.  Moreover, he began studying Martial Arts in the early 1960s and is a 8th Degree Black Belt in Shorin Ryu Karate; the first American to achieve this recognition and honor from Sensei Takeshi Miyagi.

James Lilley submitted as an example of his work The Eyes of the Hunter (PublishAmerica 1997).  One of the Police-Writers.com judges said of James’ writing, “He is a mature writer with strong plot, character and story development.”  Another judge said, “easy to read, and it was very good escapism. The writer has some absolutely beautiful passages wherein he describes a sound or a vista.  The sex scenes are pretty hot, too.”

About the Howard County Police Department

The two largest divisions with the Howard County Police Department are the Patrol Division and the Criminal Investigation Division. Patrol operations are divided into two districts, Northern and Southern. The districts each are managed by a District Commander and are divided into platoons of officers that work 12-hour day and night shifts. These patrol officers respond to the community’s calls for service, enforce traffic and criminal laws, address community needs and initiate actions based on their own observations

The Criminal Investigations Bureau (CIB)is comprised of two components: the Criminal Investigations Division and the Vice and Narcotics Division. The bureau serves as the primary investigative arm of the department. The CIB is committed to solving those cases that have the greatest impact on the safety of residents, from crimes of violence to felony drug violations.

Two-thirds of the bureau’s detectives work within the six primary components of the Criminal Investigations Division. These detectives investigate violent and property crimes, present cases to the Grand Jury, maintain a liaison with the State’s Attorney’s Office, compile and analyze pawn shop activity, conduct polygraph examinations and coordinate the Repeat Offender Program. The Criminal Investigation Division of CIB includes: Violent Crimes Section; Child Abuse/Sexual Assault Section; Property Crimes Section; Special Investigations Section; and, Warrant/Fugitive Section

The Howard County Police Department also has a K9 Unit, Aviation Unit, Bike Patrol, Traffic Enforcement Section, Youth Division, Communications Division and Volunteer Police Auxiliary.  The members of the Tactical (TAC) Section are specially trained and equipped to handle a variety of high-risk situations and emergencies. In 2005, the section, comprised of 7 full-time and 16 de-centralized members, executed 46, high-risk search and seizure warrants and vehicle take-downs. TAC Section officers safely handled 8 barricade situations throughout the year and, during the course of a Federal investigation into MS-13, executed 19 search warrants on known members in July.


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