John Desjarlais
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"Sold "Specter" to Chesterton Press last week. Should be out next year."
Aug 19, 2013
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"'Blood of the Martyrs and other stories' is FREE via Amazon Kindle Select on January 1,2,3."
Jan 1, 2013
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Jan 1, 2013
John Desjarlais replied to Keith Dixon's discussion Where do you stand?
"This topic is all the buzz everywhere else in the mystery-sphere. I've been traditionally-published 4 times, twice with larger houses and the last two times with a small house (where I was quite happy). However, this small house has made it…"
Apr 30, 2012
John Desjarlais replied to Meg's discussion criminal justice careers
"Meg: Best wishes to you as you make a transition in your 40s. I did the same thing after I was let go from my radio job in the recession of 1993. I had been publishing short stories and my second novel had just been released, so I decided to return…"
Jan 1, 2012
John Desjarlais replied to Beth Groundwater's discussion How is Promoting a Re-release Different/The Same as Promoting a New Release?
"I promoted a re-release of my medieval thriller RELICS in 2009, but not as aggressively as my new release of 2009, BLEEDER. Since they came out at about the same time, my money and time went toward the new book. They have different audiences, too,…"
Oct 15, 2011
John Desjarlais replied to Susan's discussion Is anyone else tired of doing guest blogs?
"I was on a 20-blog 'tour' in Spring and another 20 blog 'tour' this fall that I set up myself (2 stops to go). I enjoy taking part in these discussions. About half of the hosts ask for info about my books and my writing process,…"
Oct 15, 2011

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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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