James McClure, the author and journalist, who has died of a respiratory illness aged 66, is best known for the Wives looking real sex McClure Kramer and Zondi detective novels that subtly brought the reality of apartheid-era South Africa to an international audience. But he was also the author of two of the most perceptive postwar books about the inner workings of the police on both sides of the Atlantic and a campaigning and independent-minded editor.
Born in Johannesburg and educated in Natal, Jim, as he was always known, worked as a photographer after leaving school. He then became a teacher at Cowan House in Pietermaritzburg, where school plays were his start in creative writing.
He left teaching to become a reporter, first with the Natal Witness and then the Natal Mercury, and his crime beat soon took him to the dark side of what was happening in South Africa at that time.
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Possessed of a ferocious work ethic, he combined a busy journalistic life and a growing family with the creation of one of the most successful detective partnerships in the crime novel.
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Neil Kinnock is one of his many fans. Jim was not only interested in fictional cops.
Portrait of a Police Division ina book that captured and humanised the police in ways that few such books ever do and stands up to re-reading Wives looking real sex McClure years later.
He Wives looking real sex McClure the feat in San Diego, California, four years later with Copworld. After a break from journalism, which included a brief spell - in unmistakably McClure style - as an undertaker, he became the editor of the Oxford Times, which won the weekly newspaper of the year award under his leadership. He became editor of the Oxford Mail in and Naughty married women in Jasper there until his retirement 18 months ago.
He had a talent for spotting young reao and championing causes, and was an accomplished cartoonist. He tackled his ill-health over the last few years with characteristic dark humour, recounting tales of hospital visits with the same vivid attention to offbeat detail that characterised his writing.
He had recently reworked a screenplay set Wivex the tunnels of the Vietnam war and was writing a new novel, set in Oxford. Always a technological adventurer, he had just started his own blog before his final illness.
He was sustained throughout his life by his love affair with Lorly, his wife, and lookinv their three children, who inherited his creative enthusiasms. He is survived by his family and his sister, Lalage.