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.
The Kill Floor
"In the city, sitting in a squad car made you an easy target, but in the country you were a shield." –The Kill Floor
Frank "Flash" Gordon knows it's a detective's duty to speak for the victim, even when the world would rather they turn their back.
When the brash CEO of a huge swine factory is found dead on the property, most of the rural town wants to say "good riddance" and let the world move on one billionaire fewer. Frank can't shake the feeling that something is off. How can he solve the murder when the whole town seemed to want the victim dead? To make matters more complex, most of the clues point to a dead man.
As the case twists and turns, Frank struggles to maintain his marriage to local environmental activist Stephanie. Frank's hunt for the truth puts him, his marriage, and his career on the kill floor.
Perfect for fans of police procedural novels, this small town murder mystery weaves drama and intrigue among the vibrant midwestern community members and the new industries throwing their way of life off balance.
Awards, Reviews, and Coverage
“Taut and tense right from the start!” —John DeDakis, former editor for CNN's The Situation Room
"A devilishly well-plotted thrill ride that doesn’t let up until the startling twist at the end." — James L’Etoile, Award winning author of Dead Drop, Black Label, and the Detective Penley series