Jim Atkinson

Stories

Love in the Slammer

Sometimes women fall in love with men behind bars, but once the bars disappear, the love itself may become the prison.

Love in the Slammer

Sometimes women fall in love with men behind bars, but once the bars disappear, the love itself may become the prison.

Mayor of the Unfinished City

To become more than a perpetual boom town, Dallas needs a foresighted leader and astute politician. Is Starke Taylor the man?

Mayor of the Unfinished City

To become more than a perpetual boom town, Dallas needs a foresighted leader and astute politician. Is Starke Taylor the man?

Texas Monthly Reporter

A new era for Texas prisons; a new view of Wichita Falls; a new look, alas, for a Dallas street; a new metropolis in East Texas; a new generation of frat rats.

Texas Monthly Reporter

A new era for Texas prisons; a new view of Wichita Falls; a new look, alas, for a Dallas street; a new metropolis in East Texas; a new generation of frat rats.

Love and Death in Silicon Prairie, Part I: Candy Montgomery’s Affair

Urban refugees fleeing high-tech Dallas have created ersatz rural communities in the nearby countryside. This isolated, pastoral life sometimes erupts into adultery and murder.

Love and Death in Silicon Prairie, Part II: The Killing of Betty Gore

Candy Montgomery thought her affair with Allan Gore was over, until she found herself fighting for her life against Allan’s wife.

At the Mercy of the Court

What do drunks, prostitutes, lunatics, and elevators have in common? They’re all part of the weird 24-hour-a-day world of the Dallas County courthouse.

Great Moments In Republican History

How Texas became a two=party state in spite of the GOP.

Excuse Me, But Where Can a Free-Enterpriser Get a Drink in This Town

Where to find a life-size statue of businessmen shaking hands, the best right-wing burgers, and other landmarks of Republican life.

Heaven on Wheels

Why are we crazy for Cadillacs, silly for Suburbans, passionate about pickups?
Because Texans love their cars, that’s why.

Texas Monthly Reporter

Winners and losers from the Republican convention; a crash course for butlers; biting the bullet in Orange County; the peculiar appeal of the Texas State Guard; a bookie tells his trade secrets.

Peddling Paranoia

Selling crime self-help devices has become a booming business. But do any of these gadgets really make us safer?

The Desperate Search for Christi Meeks

When five-year-old Christi Meeks disappeared and the police couldn’t find her, her father turned to Bill Dear, one of the most controversial private detectives in Texas.

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