Texas author James Gary Vineyard will be speaking at the Mason County M. Beven Eckert Memorial Library on November 18 at 7:00 P.M. in the Stribling Room, and admission is free.
On July 31, 2013, Mr. Vineyard’s novel The Grave on Peckerwood Hill was named Best Suspense Thriller of 2013 by the Texas Association of Authors. Mr. Vineyard is sure to be an engaging speaker. He began a career in law enforcement in the Dallas-Fort Worth area as an investigator in the Criminal Intelligence Division of the Department of Public Safety at DFW Airport. He transferred to the Dallas Organized Crime Task Force (Metro Squad) in1981 and spent nine years there. From 1990 until 2007, he was assigned to the Drug Enforcement Administration’s Dallas Field Division Office, Enforcement Group 2 (a smuggling unit).
Over the years, he accumulated numerous awards from law enforcement agencies and was an instructor at several area police academies including the Dallas Sheriff’s Department, Dallas Police Department, Regional Police Academy in Arlington, Texas, and DEA’s training programs. During that time, he also taught courses in international smuggling at the American Airlines academy. He holds a Master Peace Officers certificate and is a graduate of DEA’s Drug Unit Commanders Academy in Quantico, Virginia.
From the other side of his brain, he has written a full-length comedy stage play called Moby And Dick, which was a semi-finalist in a statewide playwriting competition, and a one-act play called Tap The Brakes, Elvis. He belongs to a local playwrights’ forum and Mystery Writers of America.