Jim Atkinson

Stories

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.

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.

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.

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.

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?

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.

The 89 Greatest Texas Bars

No Matter where you are, there’s someplace to be nowhere.

The Bar Bar

It’s a noble institution, especially if you can master all its subtle skills: not being there, the second call, holding forth, and another thing...

The Bar Bar

It’s a noble institution, especially if you can master all its subtle skills: not being there, the second call, holding forth, and another thing...

Daddy’s Gone to Jail

Sometimes prison is harder for the people on the other side of the bars.

The Ragged Edge

Soon there won’t be anyone left who wants to be a cop.

The Ragged Edge

Soon there won’t be anyone left who wants to be a cop.

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