James V. Irving

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BornSeptember 7, 1953
EducationUniversity of Virginia (B.A.) William and Mary Law School (J.D.)
StyleDetective Fiction
Spouse(s)Cynthia Ann Linderer (m.1990)
Children1, Lindsay

James V. Irving (born September 7, 1953) is an American author, lawyer, and private detective. He is best known as the creator and author of the Joth Proctor Fixer Mystery Series.

Early life

Irving was born on September 7, 1953 in Gloucester, Massachusetts, to William R. Irving, a family doctor.[1] He graduated from Governor Dummer Academy (now called Governor's Academy) in Byfield, Massachusetts in 1972.[2] Thereafter, he attended the University of Virginia, majoring in English with concentrations in creative writing and Elizabethan drama. He graduated with distinction in 1976.[3] Between 1976 and 1978, he was a licensed private detective with Legal Investigations, Incorporated in Alexandria, Virginia, where he became chief investigator. His private detective assignments included domestic relations, insurance investigations, locating skips and criminal matters, including, in two cases, murders.[4]

Irving attended law school at The College of William and Mary and graduated in 1981. He was captain of the William and Mary lacrosse club.[5] After law school, he practiced civil and criminal trial law for several firms in Northern Virginia[6] before forming Becker, Hicks, Irving & Hadeed, P.C in 1996. He joined Bean, Kinney, & Korman, P.C in 2001, where he focuses on business law. He has been admitted to the bars of VA, DC, MD, MA, and the associated federal courts.[7]


Irving's first novel, Friends Like These was published by Speaking Volumes, LLC in 2020.[8] Following in subsequent years were Friend of a Friend (2021), Friend of the Court (2022),[9] and Friend of the Devil (2023).[10]


  • Arlington Magazine, recognized as a top attorney in the Business/Corporate category for the years 2019 and 2021.[11]


Mystery Novels

  • Joth Proctor Fixer Mystery Series[12]
  1. Friends Like These[13] (2020)
  2. Friend of a Friend[14] (2021)
  3. Friend of the Court[15] (2022)
  4. Friend of the Devil[16] (2023)


  1. Pirie Jones, Grossman (11 June 2021). "James Irving: Second Chapters; How I Reinvented Myself In The Second Chapter Of My Life". Medium.
  2. "Governors Academy - Milestone Yearbook (Byfield, MA) - Class of 1972". E-Yearbook.com.
  3. "University of Virginia - Corks and Curls Yearbook (Charlottesville, VA) - Class of 1976". E-Yearbook.com.
  4. "997. His Journey to Becoming a Writer". Discover Your Talent.
  5. "Colonial Echo, 1981". Internet Archive. 1981.
  6. "James V. Irving". SpeakingVolumes.
  7. "James V. Irving". Bean Kinney & Korman.
  8. "James V. Irving". SpeakingVolumes.
  9. "Books". James V. Irving.
  10. Irving, James V. (March 2023). Friend of the Devil. Speaking Volumes LLC. ISBN 9781645408420.
  11. "James V. Irving". Bean Kinney & Korman.
  12. "James V. Irving". James V. Irving Website.
  13. Irving, James V. (29 October 2020). Friends Like These. Speaking Volumes. ISBN 978-1645403371.
  14. Irving, James V. (10 May 2021). Friend of a Friend. Speaking Volumes. ISBN 978-1645404859.
  15. Irving, James V. (19 January 2022). Friend of the Court. Speaking Volumes, LLC. ISBN 978-1645406440.
  16. Friend of the Devil. Speaking Volumes. March 2023.

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