John Desjarlais's Blog (46) on BLEEDER


Reviewed by Larry W. Chavis

Devastated by the loss of his wife to leukemia, partially crippled and traumatized by a school shooting, Aristotle scholar and professor Reed Stubblefield seeks the peace of his brother’s hunting cabin in downstate Illinois to recuperate and write a book on Aristotle. Arriving in rustic River Falls, though, he finds all the area camps and lodgings crowded with people - sick and injured people, who have come to see the…


Added by John Desjarlais on April 6, 2010 at 10:20am — 1 Comment

Selena, again

Selena De La Cruz, the protagonist in my next book, is my guest blogger this month at She has two more entries: One is about a tire store visit where she gives the salesman a piece of her mind, and the other is about working undercover for the first time. Come by and meet her and see her new photos.

Added by John Desjarlais on March 17, 2010 at 11:30am — No Comments

guest blogger: Selena De La Cruz

I invited Selena De La Cruz as my guest blogger this week to say something about her background or offer a few memories of growing up in Chicago. You'll find her comments at C'mon by and say hi to Selena (and see her great photo), the protagonist in VIPER, the sequel to BLEEDER.

John Desjarlais…


Added by John Desjarlais on March 14, 2010 at 7:16am — No Comments

guest blogger at AuthorsDay is where I'm guest blogging this month on how BLEEDER began as an historical novel and became a contemporary mystery.

Added by John Desjarlais on February 20, 2010 at 8:44am — No Comments

Mystery Scene review of Bleeder

Religion is neither foolish nor hypocritical in John Desjarlais’s excellent Bleeder (Sophia Institute Press, $14.95). When classics professor Reed Stubblefield is disabled in a campus shooting soon after the death of his wife from leukemia, he retreats to a rural cabin to emotionally regroup. He soon hears that Father Boudreau, a local priest, is revered as a “healer,” a man whose touch can cure the sick and the dying. A skeptic himself—Stubblefield’s “god” is Aristotle, about whom he is… Continue

Added by John Desjarlais on January 23, 2010 at 6:36am — 2 Comments

Dappled Things review of BLEEDER

Book Review: Bleeder

By Eleanor Bourg Donlon

Assistant Editor, Dappled Things


By John Desjarlais

Sophia Institute Press, 2009

272 pp., $14.95

ISBN: 978-1-933184-56-2

“A miracle? Or bloody murder?”

The provocative phrase jumped out at us from the book cover starkly displayed on the Catholic Writers Guild table. My cousin drew in her breath, and I muttered (rather inadequately, but with great expression): “Golly.”

We first encountered John… Continue

Added by John Desjarlais on January 5, 2010 at 6:52am — No Comments

Thriller writer Tom Grace on BLEEDER

"Bleeder is an intelligent, deftly written mystery that offers a skillful blend of reason and faith. John Desjarlais skillfully combines a wounded scholar, a stigmatic priest, and Aristotle himself in a fascinating tale of a death that's either a miracle or a murder."
Tom Grace, author of "The Secret Cardinal"

Added by John Desjarlais on December 17, 2009 at 4:35am — No Comments

Kishwaukee College signing

I’ll give a brief talk on “The Rules for Writing Mysteries” and sign copies of BLEEDER at the Kishwaukee College Library in Malta, IL, tomorrow, October 21, 1 pm - 2 pm.

Added by John Desjarlais on October 21, 2009 at 12:40pm — No Comments

latest review for BLEEDER

A real page-turner, October 6, 2009

By Gerard Webster, award-winning author of IN-SI... (Jacksonville, FL USA) - See all my reviews

Reed Stubblefield--a college professor on sabbatical--is a wounded man...both physically by a student's random shot and emotionally by his wife's recent death. He retreats to his brother's remote cabin in the small town of River Falls, Ill. in hopes of writing a book on Aristotle. It's the middle of March and Reed expects the campsite to be empty;… Continue

Added by John Desjarlais on October 9, 2009 at 12:10am — No Comments

BLEEDER review by The Catholic Company

Here's a review I received today from The Catholic Company:

I love reading about the Catholic faith. I love reading mysteries. To be able to combine the two makes for a very happy person. So when I saw a new mystery, titled Bleeder by John Desjarlais, I thought I should give it a try.

I'm glad I did.

The author, a former producer of Wisconsin Public Radio, now teaches journalism and English at a small college in northern Illinois. Although this is his… Continue

Added by John Desjarlais on October 7, 2009 at 10:32am — 1 Comment

Wisconsin Book Festival

I’ll be part of the Wisconsin Book Festival in two events on Saturday, October 10. First, I’ll participate in a mystery writer panel at the Mount Horeb Public Library, 105 Perimeter Road (in Mt Horeb, of course), at 1 p.m. Later, I’ll be at Booked for Murder, 2701 University Avenue in Madison at 3:30 p.m., as part of an afternoon-long series of presentations by regional mystery authors. I’ll have copies of BLEEDER for signing at each event. Hope to see some of you… Continue

Added by John Desjarlais on September 27, 2009 at 9:43am — 1 Comment

amazon reviews

Reviews for BLEEDER are showing up at amazon. Here's the latest:

Smart, Suspenseful and Soulful, September 16, 2009

By Lisa M. Hendey "Lisa, Webmaster" (Fresno, CA United States) - See all my reviews


I just finished reading John Desjarlais' fascinating work of fiction, Bleeder. From the initial pages of the book through it's great conclusion, this novel was action packed and quite thought provoking. The main character, Reed… Continue

Added by John Desjarlais on September 20, 2009 at 7:02am — No Comments

BLEEDER on blogtalkradio

I'll discuss BLEEDER at on Tuesday Sept 8 at 8 pm Central.

Added by John Desjarlais on September 8, 2009 at 7:26am — No Comments

excerpt from BLEEDER is the link to an excerpt from my mystery, BLEEDER (Sophia Institute Press).

Added by John Desjarlais on August 22, 2009 at 7:00am — No Comments

BLEEDER released today

It's heeeeeere!! Today, August 15, is the official release date for "BLEEDER: a mystery" (Sophia Institute Press). It's available at and should be in bookstores soon.

Dear Sir or Madam
would you read my book;
it took me years to write,
will you take a look?

"Paperback Writer," The Beatles

Added by John Desjarlais on August 16, 2009 at 1:40am — No Comments

Aristotle's Secrets of Dramatic Storytelling

I'm blogging this month on Aristotle's Secrets of Dramatic Storytelling, at -- c'mon over and learn from the Father of Logic who adored one of Western Civilization's great crime stories, "Oedipus Rex."

PS: My contemporary mystery BLEEDER is now listed at for pre-ordering. The official release date is August 15.

John Desjarlais

Added by John Desjarlais on August 13, 2009 at 3:05am — No Comments

BLEEDER radio interview

I’ll be interviewed about BLEEDER on Thursday, July 30 at 8:35 am Pacific Time on KZSB AM 1290, by Baron Ron Herron. The program airs in Santa Barbara, Goleta, Carpinteria, Ventura, Thousand Oaks and Los Angeles County. The show is rebroadcast on KNRY AM 1240 in Monterey, Salinas, Santa Cruz and Pebble Beach; KNWZ-II AM 1270 in Palm Desert, Palm Springs, Indio and Rancho Mirage. So if you’re in those areas, please tune in.

The program is delayed broadcast in Australia on 99.7 FM in… Continue

Added by John Desjarlais on July 28, 2009 at 4:38am — No Comments

BLEEDER final cover at last

Today I received the final cover art for BLEEDER (Sophia Institute Press, forthcoming August 2009). Actually, I got two versions: one with a bearded cleric, and one shaven (Esau was an hairy man but…)

Anyway, I preferred the bearded image since the beard is mentioned in the story, and a stigmatist identifies closely with Jesus, who had a beard. In a passage from the Servant Songs of Isaiah, which Christians have long understood to be pointing to… Continue

Added by John Desjarlais on June 18, 2009 at 8:31am — 1 Comment

BLEEDER trailer at YouTube

My contemporary mystery BLEEDER (Sophia Institute Press) will be out in August. I produced a trailer for it this week, viewable here:

It was fun to try but a pain to produce using dial-up!

Added by John Desjarlais on June 8, 2009 at 5:34am — No Comments

RELICS trailer on YouTube

I posted a 30-second trailer for my medieval thriller/romance RELICS on YouTube today. You can see it here:

Added by John Desjarlais on June 2, 2009 at 10:50am — No Comments

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