James O. Born is the author of five police thrillers from Putnam. ESCAPE CLAUSE, was the winner of the inaugural Florida Book award for best novel in popular fiction. He coauthored BORDER WAR with legendary commentator Lou Dobbs. His newest novel, SCENT OF MURDER, features a police K-9 unit in Florida. Born is a former U.S. Drug Agent and state law enforcement agent. Many of his novels are drawn directly from his training and experience.