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Name  James Mills

Role  Novelist
James Mills (author) One Just Man a novel James Mills Amazoncom Books
Movies  The Panic in Needle Park, Critical Assembly
Books  The Underground Empire, The Hearing, Haywire, The Seventh Power, The Truth about Peter Harley
Similar People  Kitty Winn, John Gregory Dunne, Jerry Schatzberg, Joan Didion, Eric Laneuville

James Mills (born 1932) is an American novelist, screenwriter and prize-winning journalist.


James Mills (author) Amazoncom The Power 9780446513937 James Mills Books

Mills wrote two New York Times bestsellers, Report to the Commissioner, a novel, and The Underground Empire, a study of international narcotics trafficking. As a result, he testified before a panel of the House Foreign Affairs Committee as an expert. His books The Panic in Needle Park and Report to the Commissioner were later made into major motion pictures by 20th Century Fox and United Artists respectively.


He worked for UPI, Life magazine, and for the then three largest US commercial television networks as a writer and consultant.

The 1971 film The Panic in Needle Park, starring Al Pacino in his second film appearance, was based on Mills' book of the same name about the heroin culture at Verdi Square and Sherman Square on New York City's Upper West Side near 72nd Street and Broadway. The screenplay was written by Joan Didion and John Gregory Dunne.

The Harvard Crimson review stated of Report to the Commissioner that: "James Mills has created just such an interloper: a story of deep suspense which moves on several planes of confrontation, ambition and human interaction. Slickly written, carefully strung together, Report to the Commissioner skirts the obvious and pivots on the unexpected; in the best tradition of detective stories The 1975 film version of Report to the Commissioner, featuring Richard Gere in his screen debut with a minor supporting role, was made after "the movie rights were snapped up by a motion picture industry starved for clever suspense stories."

Nonfiction books

  • The Prosecutor. Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1969. ISBN 0-374-23836-7
  • On the Edge. Doubleday, 1975. ISBN 0-385-09853-7
  • The Underground Empire: Where Crime and Governments Embrace. Doubleday, 1986. ISBN 0-385-17535-3
  • Fiction books

  • The Panic in Needle Park. Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1966. ISBN 0-374-22968-6
  • Report to the Commissioner. Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1972. ISBN 0-374-24940-7
  • One Just Man. Simon and Schuster, 1974. ISBN 0-671-21837-9
  • The Seventh Power. E. P. Dutton, 1976. ISBN 0-525-20050-9
  • The Truth About Peter Harley. E. P. Dutton, 1979. ISBN 0-525-22393-2
  • The Power. Warner Books, 1990. ISBN 0-446-513938
  • Haywire. Warner Books, 1995. ISBN 978-0-446-51619-8
  • The Hearing. Warner Books, 1998. ISBN 978-0-446-51958-8
  • Filmography

  • The Panic in Needle Park
  • Report to the Commissioner
  • References

    James Mills (author) Wikipedia

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