Illinois State Library

Illinois Center for the Book

Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  James David Webb  

Pen Name: J. D. Webb

Genre: Fiction Mystery

Audience: Adult;

Born: 1941 in Decatur, Illinois

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Illinois Connection

Born and raised in Decatur, Illinois attended Millikin University and Yale University. Served in the Air Force in the Philippines and Viet Nam in the middle 1960s. Spent 25 years at A E Staley Mfg in Decatur and 11 years owning a shoe repair shop in Clinton, Illinois.

Biographical and Professional Information

Began full time as author in 2002 with now four books published. Have garnered several awards for writing and I own and moderate the Yahoo Publishing and Promoiting Group with almost 1000 international members.

Published Works Expand for more information

Titles At Your Library

Shepherd's Pie (Mike Shepherd, Private Eye)
ISBN: 1597059366

Wings ePress, Incorporated. 2016

Detective Mike Shepherd chases sadistic Ferlin Husky Lewis a self-proclaimed survivalist, who escaped from police. Shepherd ruins his only suit, misses an important dinner date, and loses Lewis.Ferlin, so incensed by Mike chasing him, decides to murder Mike and anyone who gets in the way.

Moon Over Chicago
ISBN: 1597058939

Wings ePress, Incorporated. 2016

When cobbler Fulton Moon meets the beautiful Lucy Mathews, she asks him to escape her abusive florist husband. An easy task for the amateur sleuth. But nothing is ever easy around Lucy and soon the muggings, a kidnapping, blackmail and, oh yes, even murder begins.

Her Name Is Mommy (Mike Shepherd, Private Eye)
ISBN: 1597057908

Wings ePress, Incorporated. 2016

Chicago PI, Mike Shepherd spots a child silently crying on an otherwise empty mall bench. Mike and his fiancé try to help four-year-old Madison. A surveillance tape reveals one hour earlier a man had kidnapped Madison’s mother.Mike must rescue the woman despite dealing with a disgruntled federal officer.

ISBN: 1603182101

L & L Dreamspell. 2010

A smudge of blood involves a woman in the hunt for a mob killer, leading to a life threatening conclusion. All paralegal Trish Morgan wanted to do was grab a few bucks at her ATM one night, but she finds blood on the screen then hears a moan. Should she investigate or not? Fighting her apprehension, she ventures into the alley next to the bank and discovers a dying woman. While Trish frantically calls 911 for help, the injured woman slips a DVD into Trish's purse. Unknown to Trish the DVD is a video of a hit of a Chicago mobster, which identifies the hit man. The assassin stalks Trish, calling her at work and demanding that she return the disk. But the police are already involved. Trish is torn about what to do, and her best friend Heather, a wanna-be PI, tries to help. Each time Trish thinks a problem is resolved she realizes her troubles are far from over. Her marriage is falling apart and she decides to leave her abusive husband. But as she tries to begin a new life the police question her about her husband's business dealings. Unexpected ordeals and dangerous situations test her inner strength and wisdom.


  • Golden Wings Award, ''Shepherd's Pie''
  • EPPIE Finalist 2008, ''Moon Over Chicago''

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