A former producer for Wisconsin Public Radio, John Desjarlais taught English for 25 years at Kishwaukee College (IL). His novels include The Throne of Tara (Crossway 1990), The Light of Tara (KDP 2020), Relics (Thomas Nelson 1993), Bleeder, Viper, Specter (Chesterton Press, 2008, 2011, 2015), and The Kill Floor (Torchflame Books 2022). His short stories and poems have appeared in literary journals such as The Critic, Conclave, Lit Noir, and Dappled Things. A member of Mystery Writers of America and The North Carolina Writers Network, he is listed in Who’s Who in Entertainment and Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers. He is a graduate of the writing program at Illinois State University and the Writers Police Academy. He resides in Hendersonville, NC.