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John J Desjarlais

Pen Name: None

Connection to Illinois: Lives in Malta, Illinois

Biography: John J. Desjarlais writes short fiction, poetry, historical novels and the Reed Stubblefield mystery series. A former producer with Wisconsin Public Radio, John now teaches creative writing, genre literature (including Science Fiction, Detective Fiction, and The Bible as Literature), and journalism at Kishwaukee College in northern Illinois. His writing is Christian fiction.


Primary Literary Genre(s): Fiction; Other

Primary Audience(s): Adult readers

John J Desjarlais on WorldCat :

Selected Titles

Bleeder :
ISBN: 9781933184562 OCLC: 344061956

Chisel and Cross Books from Sophia Institute Press, Manchester, NH : 2009.

When classics professor Reed Stubblefield is disabled in a school shooting, he retreats to a rural Illinois cabin to recover and to write a book on Aristotle in peace. Oddly, in the chill of early March, the campgrounds and motels of tiny River Falls are filled with the ill and infirm --all seeking the healing touch of the town's new parish priest, reputed to be a stigmatic. Skeptical about religion since his wife's death from leukemia, Reed is nevertheless drawn into a friendship with the cleric, Rev. Ray Boudreau, an amiable Aquinas scholar with a fine library --who collapses and bleeds to death on Good Friday in front of horrified parishioners. A miracle? Or bloody murder? Once Reed becomes the prime person of interest in the mysterious death, he seeks the truth with the help of an attractive local reporter and Aristotle's logic before he is arrested or killed --because not everyone in town wants this mystery solved.

Relics /
ISBN: 0840767358 OCLC: 28443188

T. Nelson Publishers, Nashville : ©1993.

The throne of Tara /
ISBN: 0595155979 OCLC: 50541753

Authors Choice Press, San Jose, CA : ©2000.

Viper :
ISBN: 9781933184807 OCLC: 682145312

Sophia Institute Press, Manchester, NH : ©2010.

Selena De La Cruz has a problem. Just before All Souls' Day someone entered the names of nine parishioners in her church's Book of the Dead, seeking prayers for their souls. The problem? All nine are still alive. Until they start getting murdered ... one by one ... in the precise order their names were entered in the Book of the Dead ... and always right after a local visionary sees a mysterious woman known as The Blue Lady. Is she the Virgin Mary warning the next victim? Lady Death, the Aztec goddess, come to claim another soul? Or someone less mystical, but deadly nonetheless? Selena doesn't know but had better find out: only a few souls on that list have not yet been murdered, and the last name on it is ... Selena De La Cruz.--Page 4 of cover.