John Knoerle

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General Information

Name: John Knoerle

Pen Name: None

Born: 1949 in Cleveland, Ohio


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Illinois Connection

Knoerle moved to Chicago in 1996.

Biographical and Professional Information

Knoerle began his creative endeavors in the early 70's as a member of the DeLuxe Radio Theatre, a comedy troupe in Santa Barbara. He went on to work as a reporter for AP Radio in New York, then moved to LA and did stand-up comedy, opening for the likes of Jay Leno and Robin Williams.

Knoerle wrote the screenplay Quiet Fire, which starred Karen Black and Lawrence Hilton Jacobs, and the stage play The He-Man Woman Hater’s Club, an LA Time’s Critic’s Choice. He worked as a staff writer for Garrison Keillor’s A Prairie Home Companion, and he wrote, voiced and produced hundreds of radio spots as Creative Director of Sound Concepts Inc.

Knoerle's first novel, Crystal Meth Cowboys, was optioned by Fox TV. His second novel, The Violin Player, won the Mayhaven Award for Fiction. His newest novel, A Pure Double Cross, is the first volume of a 1940s spy trilogy featuring former OSS agent Hal Schroeder.

Published Works

  • Crystal Meth Cowboys, Blue Steel Press, 2003
  • The Violin Player, Mayhaven Publishing, 2005
  • Pure Double Cross, Blue Steel Press, 2008
  • A Despicable Profession, Blue Steel Press, 2010
  • The Proxy Assassin: Book Three of the American Spy Trilogy, Blue Steel Press, 2012

Titles at Your Library

The Violin Player

ISBN: 193227801X
Release Date: 2004-12-01

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Pure Double Cross (Book One of the American Spy Trilogy)

ISBN: 0974319910
Release Date: 2008-10-17

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The Proxy Assassin: Book Three of the American Spy Trilogy

ISBN: 0982090390
Release Date: 2012-09-01

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Literary Awards

The Violin Player

  • Winner, Mayhaven Fiction Contest

Speaking Engagements and Upcoming Appearances

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External Links

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