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Kish instructor releases third novel, 'Bleeder'

John Desjarlais, an English and journalism instructor at Kishwaukee College, has released his third novel, “Bleeder.” “Bleeder” was released by Sophia Institute Press on Aug. 15 and is available through

Desjarlais is a full-time faculty member of the Kishwaukee College English department. His short fiction has appeared in a variety of magazines. He is a member of the Mystery Writers of America and is listed in “Who’s Who in Entertainment” and Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers. Desjarlais has had two other novels published, “Relics” and “Throne of Tara,” both of which are also available on

"Bleeder" is set in the fictional town of River Falls, Ill., and features classics professor Reed Stubblefield. Stubblefield befriends a local cleric, the Rev. Ray Boudreau. The pastor, a stigmatic with alleged healing powers, collapses and dies during Good Friday services. Stubblefield finds himself classified as a “person of interest” by local law enforcement and sets out to find the truth behind Boudreau’s death ... a truth that not everyone in the town wants revealed.

The book blends aspects of religion, mystery and murder, a recent news release said.

“Murder mysteries in general get close to our deepest motives and fears, showing humans in extremis,” Desjarlais said in the release. “Such stories have a built-in opportunity to explore life’s higher mysteries – not just the mystery of death, but the mystery of undeserved suffering.”

Desjarlais characterizes “Bleeder” as a contemporary mystery with all the trimmings of a good read: a smart amateur sleuth, a cunning villain, baffled police and colorful locals.

“I wrote ‘Bleeder’ as an entertaining read, a requirement of the mystery genre,” he said. “But I hope it also leaves the reader thinking and in wonder.”

For more information on John Desjarlais, visit


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