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BOLL WEEVIL is James Radford’s debut novel. It is a courtroom drama, a homecoming tale, a story of racial justice, a narrative of hope in hopeless political times.

BOLL WEEVIL is currently in pre-release. Soon, the book will be available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and wherever books are sold online! (If you can’t wait, you can also purchase an ebook now or order the paperback direct-from-publisher here).

Early reviews for BOLL WEEVIL:

“A highly engaging and thoroughly absorbing courtroom drama. . . . Skillfully written. . . . Daniel Riley is a great character but Michael Drummond is my Atticus Finch and the hero of the hour for me. I loved Boll Weevil and highly recommend it.” – Reader’s Favorite (5-Star Review)

“Honestly loved this book. . . It’s about the law, marriage, sacrifice, race, our obligations to our up-bringing and our yearning to create meaningful change. The characters were deep and compelling. The high school debate team become law partners of Michael and Daniel – I feel like I know them. Jackie and Amber, friends struggling with belonging, motherhood, authenticity, and the sacrifices of marriage. It was funny. It was well plotted. It was so much better than I thought it could be. It spoke to me.” – James Herndon, Head Debate Coach, Emory University

“The plot is absolutely the strongest pillar in this novel, weaving relevant social challenges concretely into the fabric of the narrative. . . . the author’s familiarity with the law, as well as with this place and its dynamics, is palpable and makes it easy for the reader to relax into their hands.” – Booklife Prize

BOLL WEEVIL is a lyrical portrait of a changing American South. A brash young lawyer returns to his rural South Georgia hometown seeking to gain political foothold by challenging the long-standing County Commissioner for his seat. The young politician soon realizes how little he understands the place and people he seeks to represent. To win, he must first confront his own misapprehensions about a society from which he has long been separated. Second, he must overcome the brutal, desperate means deployed by those in power to maintain their hold.

BOLL WEEVIL is a courtroom drama with themes of racial justice, in the vein of A TIME TO KILL by JOHN GRISHAM and PRAYING FOR SHEETROCK by MELISSA FAY GREENE. It is a homecoming story that both celebrates the rural South and exposes the darkness there, in the vein of HILLBILLY ELEGY by J.D. VANCE or the graphic novel SOUTHERN BASTARDS by JASON AARON and JASON LATOUR.

James Radford is a founding partner of Radford & Keebaugh, LLC., a law firm focused on civil rights and employment litigation. Please visit us at

Here is a video of James arguing the case of Owens v. City of Greenville to the Georgia Supreme Court. This case resulted in a 9-0 decision from the court in favor of James’ clients.

In his spare time, James enjoys a number of creative pursuits. Below is the short documentary, “Crowe’s,” about a beloved chicken shack in James’ hometown of Troy, Alabama. “Crowe’s” was selected for the 2018 Sidewalk Film Festival in Birmingham, Alabama.

James can be reached at 678-271-0302 or

The address for Radford & Keebaugh is:

315 W. Ponce de Leon Ave
Suite 1080
Decatur, Georgia 30030