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Easton, Maryland
About Me:
John Reisinger is an engineer and former U.S. Coast Guard officer who lives on Maryland's Eastern Shore. John writes about true historical crime, forensics and mysteries based on real cases. His current book is Death of a Flapper, a Max Hurlock Roaring 20s mystery based on the Wilson-Roberts case of a double murder in a locked room. He has also released Death on a Golden Isle, based on the Eva Rablen poisoning case from the 1920s. His previous book was MASTER DETECTIVE, the story of Ellis Parker, the American Sherlock Holmes, and how Parker investigated the Lindbergh kidnapping, and got a signed confession by someone different from the man who had been convicted of the crime. Max Allan Collins called MASTER DETECTIVE "fascinating reading for tru-crime buffs and mystery fans alike."

John has been interviewed on television and radio, spoken on historical crime and writing to civic groups, and addressed graduate classes in criminology as well as the New Jersey Association of Chiefs of Police.
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Books And Authors I Like:
True Crime, history
The Rumpole series- John Mortimer
Confederacy of Dunces- John Kennedy Toole
The Flashman series- George MacDonald Frasier
The Papers of Samuel Marchbanks-Robertson Davies
Movies And TV Shows I Like:
Godfather 1 and 2
Office Space
The Simpsons Movie
The Boat
The Enemy Below

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Nie hao !

Kensington publishing has just leased rights to publish Master Detective to the Chongqing Publishing Company in Chongqing, China. That's mainland China, or the PRC. You know, the BIG one. The rights were sold to Taiwan last year, so the Chinese language market seems to be pretty well covered at this point. I'm not sure exactly what appeal the Lindbergh kidnapping has in the far east, but I love it!

(If you're wondering about the rather cryptic title of this post, it means "hello" in… Continue

Posted on June 30, 2009 at 7:00am — 2 Comments

Master Detective book trailer

Here's a book trailer for Master Detective. Note that there is a second book trailer by someone else. Hey, the more the merrier!

Posted on November 25, 2008 at 11:15am

Tai Wan On

My publisher, Kensington, has leased foreign rights to Master Detective to the Goodness Publishing Company in Taiwan, who will publish a Chinese language edition next year. That's fine with me as long as they don't expect me to proof the galleys.

Posted on November 21, 2008 at 2:00pm

New England Crimebake 2008

The New England Crimebake Conference was held, appropriately enough, in Dedham, Massachusetts. The guest of honor was Halan Coben, who made an interesting observation. He said that he never met a really sucessful author who was a jerk. (Well actually, he used a synonym for jerk, but you get the idea.) If this is true, it is apparently the only occupation where this occurs.

Anyway, his novel Tell No One has been made into a movie by a French film company. Hollywood had an interest, but he… Continue

Posted on November 21, 2008 at 2:00pm

TV Magic- Cramming a 300 page book into five minutes

When Master Detective was first released, I was interviewed by Channel 13. For a five minute interview by people who had not read the book, it went pretty well. (Well, geez, they can't read everybody's book for a short interview.) Marty Bass latched on to the CSI connection, even though Ellis Parker never heard of DNA and seldom even used fingerprints. I got a free Channel 13 coffee mug out of the deal, and a good jolt of free publicity. Anyway, see for yourself.… Continue

Posted on October 12, 2007 at 5:43am

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At 2:37am on August 19, 2009, Preetham Grandhi said…
Hi John , I want to introduce you to my debut novel "A Circle of souls" which is a murder, mystery, psychological thriller and a tale of justice and hope. Do visit to read more about the book. Make sure you sign up to win an autographed copy of the book. You can also read more reviews by clicking on the More Reviews button at the website. Thanks for your time in advance.

Best regards

Preetham Grandhi

Early Endorsements for “A Circle of Souls”

Linda Fairstein, NYT Bestselling Author: "A fascinating debut - this novel takes the reader to the darkest places in the human soul, from a writer with the authenticity to lead us there. A stunning thriller and an important read."

Judge Judy Sheindlin, star of the Judge Judy Show: "The seminal work of this fine author kept me glued to my chair until the adventure was over and the mystery solved. A great read!"

Book Synopsis:

The sleepy town of Newbury, Connecticut, is shocked when a little girl is found brutally murdered. The town s top detective, perplexed by a complete lack of leads, calls in FBI agent Leia Bines, an expert in cases involving children.

Meanwhile, Dr. Peter Gram, a psychiatrist at Newbury s hospital, searches desperately for the cause of seven-year-old Naya Hastings devastating nightmares. Afraid that she might hurt herself in the midst of a torturous episode, Naya s parents have turned to the bright young doctor as their only hope.

The situations confronting Leia and Peter converge when Naya begins drawing chilling images of murder after being bombarded by the disturbing images in her dreams. Amazingly, her sketches are the only clues to the crime that has panicked Newbury residents. Against her better judgment, Leia explores the clues in Naya s crude drawings, only to set off an alarming chain of events.
In this stunning psychological thriller, innocence gives way to evil, and trust lies forgotten in a web of deceit, fear, and murder.
At 1:21pm on September 10, 2007, Linda Ladd said…
Oh, John, now that's embarrassing! LOL

I guess you had a lot of explaining to do! I can assure you that the box you mentioned in your blog did not originally contain my books, either! : )

At 12:15pm on August 27, 2007, Newt Love said…
I am a long standing member (board of directors) of the Md Writers Association. Are you in a critique group?
If a author writes a novel in the forest, and nobody reads it, did it make a sound?
I'm newt, slithering from the shallow end of the gene pool, into the open ocean. Sharks are likely to eat me before the salt water kills me, but who wants a quiet life?
At 11:00am on August 5, 2007, Lyn LeJeune said…
Must be great writing on a boat; I escape to the mountains.
I will check out your website as soon as I invite you to be my friend.
My book, The Beatitudes, Book I in The New Orleans Trilogy, will be out in the fall and I am donating all royalties directly to the New Orleans Public Library Foundation. My blogsite has excerpts, recipes, and news, and you can see the many prominent authors supporting me, such as Alafair Burke, Julie Smith, Ken Bruen, and many others. Hope you let me be your friend. Lyn Lejeune.
At 3:59pm on August 3, 2007, Krystal Waters said…
I am hooked! I read your bio and love it! You really know how to draw in a person. I have to laugh, I saw you went to see the Simpson's movie! lol I want to see that. My daughter has and she says it's funny.

stop by my page some and say hello!

At 1:17pm on July 30, 2007, Janet Reid said…
Thanks for the invite! Nice page!!!
At 2:12am on July 29, 2007, Linda Ladd said…
Hi John!

Nice to meet you! It's good to touch base with a fellow Kensingtonian. : ) We'll all have to get together for a conference of some kind. That's something I'd like to do--get out to some of the mystery/crime conferences and learn more tricks of the trade.

I'm new here and an internet novice, but it's a lot of fun! Hope I remember to write!

At 1:31pm on July 27, 2007, Lee Lofland said…
Hi John. It was nice to meet you during the Deadly Ink conference.

My wife and I visited your neck of the woods on the 4th of July. We watched the fireworks out on the Choptank River near Long Wharf in Cambridge. We could actually see the St. Michaels fireworks from our location. You're a lucky guy to have a boat in that area. Hey, you're a lucky guy, anyway. I seem to remember you won the big prize at the DI conference.
At 5:09am on July 27, 2007, Eric Stone said…
Hey John, thanks for accepting, welcome to Crimespace. Your book sounds fascinating. I'll hunt one down.
At 2:31am on July 27, 2007, John Reisinger said…
Who kidnapped the Lindbergh baby? An illegal German immigrant named Bruno Hauptmann was executed for the crime, but what most people don't know is that a man many considered America's greatest detective obtained a detailed written confession from someone else! The whole incredible true story is told in Master Detective, now available in paperback.

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