John Desjarlais
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John Desjarlais commented on John Desjarlais's blog post Vote for a cover
"Yes, I think the Roman collar will be evident with the real model. As for the gloves, it's just a recognizable sign of a stigmatist. The publisher - accustomed to re-issuing classics - would have a hard time with a 'pulp' style cover,…"
Feb 2, 2009
I. J. Parker commented on John Desjarlais's blog post Vote for a cover
"Why fingerless gloves when you want to catch him as he's bleeding to death? Gore sells."
Feb 1, 2009
I. J. Parker commented on John Desjarlais's blog post Vote for a cover
"I think whichever one you pick, it needs a priest's collar. Should do well otherwise."
Feb 1, 2009
Jack Getze commented on John Desjarlais's blog post Vote for a cover
"I liked the top right cover. Two of the others looked like "Bleeper.""
Feb 1, 2009
John Desjarlais commented on John Desjarlais's blog post Vote for a cover
"Thanks, Dawn. Perhaps I should have said that these mock-ups use stock photos; when the real model is photographed, he'll wear fingerless gloves (like the famous stigmatist Padre Pio)."
Feb 1, 2009

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Fitchburg, MA
About Me:
A member of Mystery Writers of America, I teach creative writing and genre fiction (including Detective Fiction) at Kishwaukee College in northern Illinois. I've published both historical novels and mysteries.
I Am A:
Reader, Writer
Books And Authors I Like:
Raymond Chandler, Dash Hammett, John D. MacDonald, Ed McBain, Sue Grafton, Ellis Peters, Tony Hillerman - it's a long list...
Movies And TV Shows I Like:
Chinatown, Gorky Park, Maltese Falcon, Seven. The PBS "Mystery!" programs. I tend not to watch the network procedural shows like "CSI" or "Bones" and such, except "Law and Order." I like the edgy cable shows like "The Badge," "The Closer" and "Saving Grace."

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Goodreads review of VIPER

Nice Goodreads review of VIPER from fellow mystery writer Tina Whittle here:

Posted on June 21, 2011 at 10:47am

guest blogger at 2 blogs

Hey:  I'm at these two blogs this week:

1/10 (Selena as a young teen)



Posted on January 10, 2011 at 11:52am

Mike Manno review of VIPER

Viper review mike manno January 7, 2011…


Posted on January 9, 2011 at 3:24am

Tony Perona VIPER review

As he did in BLEEDER, John Desjarlais takes a contemporary mystery and expertly intertwines a supernatural one.  VIPER features Selena De La Cruz—insurance saleswoman, shoe fashionista and former Drug Enforcement agent—who is forced back into police work when a hit list is discovered and her name is on it. The nine people on the list have one thing in common—they all…


Posted on December 30, 2010 at 12:56am

Selena's Thanksgiving

After Thanksgiving dinner, the men sprawled on the plastic-covered chairs in Comadre María’s living room swigging beers and yelling at fútbol on TV while the women chattered loudly over the stove and sink in the cocina.…


Posted on November 26, 2010 at 12:05am

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At 5:36am on June 9, 2010, Copper Smith said…
Always happy to befriend a kindred spirit in the world of provocative crime fiction.
Write on!
At 1:26am on June 4, 2010, Jerry Peterson said…
John, this is a surprise. I didn't know you were here.
At 9:11am on March 11, 2009, Cheryl said…
Hello. I just read the comment you left me. Sorry, I haven't visited here for a little while. I would love to receive a copy of your new release Bleeders if you still have copies.

Wow that is big you got to talk to Jeffrey Deavers. Congrats on your book
At 8:19am on February 5, 2009, Eric Stone said…
Hi John, good back. Glad to hear you've found a home for your book. Who's going to publish it?
At 10:28am on February 1, 2009, Michael Phelps said…
Good Evening Professor,

I like them all, but was drawn to the one with the Priest holding the Testament.

Michael Phelps

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