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Name:  John J Desjarlais  

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Genre: Fiction Other

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Lives in Malta, Illinois

Biographical and Professional Information

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.


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Titles At Your Library

The Throne of Tara
ISBN: 0595155979

iUniverse. 2000

The warrior blood of Erins royal line pulsed through his veins, but he was called to a higher battle.As Crimthann, the Wolf, would he become the High King of Ireland, fulfilling his fathers ambitions? Or as Colum, the dove, would he be a scholar in the Church, fulfilling his mothers prayers? The Throne of Tara is based on the thrilling true story of Columba of Iona, the best man the 6th Century could produce: a prince, poet, scholar, soldier, and holy man gifted with a thunderous voice, a prodigious memory, and the powers of Second Sight. Yet his pride and temper led him into battle over a disputed manuscript, and in remorse over the thousands slain, he entered exit among the savage Picts, where he dueled the druids miracles versus magic.

Relics
ISBN: 0840767358

Thomas Nelson. 1993

Consumed by an impossible longing for the lovely Baroness Blanch DuVal, trapped in the middle of a conspiracy to assassinate King Louis IX, and struggling to keep his faith, Jean-Michael finds that love, war, and treachery await him at every turn.

Bleeder: A Miracle? Or Bloody Murder?
ISBN: 1933184566

Chesterton Press. 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, Reverend 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…

Viper
ISBN: 1933184809

Sophia Institute Press. 2011

Selena De La Cruz has a problem. Just before All Souls' Day someone entered the names of nine people 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.


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