Author James Hankins, outside of his Swampscott home. | Photo: Paula Muller
By RICH FAHEY
When it came time to lay down the law, James Hankins was happy to do it.
It proved to be a wise choice.
Now Hankins, a Swampscott resident, is a best-selling author who has a deal with a major publisher and a new novel — “The Inside Dark” — set to debut in July.