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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Joseph P. DeSario  

Pen Name: None


Born: Chicago, Illinois

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Illinois Connection

Joseph was born and raised in Chicago, and lives with his wife in the Chicagoland area.

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Titles At Your Library

ISBN: 155773223X

Diamond Books. 1989

Detective Brenda Collins stakes her career and her life to find a savage psychopathic rapist who relentlessly haunts the avenues and alleyways of East L.A

ISBN: 0843930187

Leisure Books. 1991

“DeSario is a miracle worker. . . . [He] swings for the fences and knocks it clear out of the park.” Booklist

In Joseph P. DeSario’s suspenseful novel, tabloid reporter Matt Teller’s discovery of a brutal crime leads to a world of murder, conspiracy, and the occult.

In the middle of an isolated road in the California desert, Teller comes across a horribly mutilated corpse lashed to a metal cot. But when Teller returns to the scene, the evidence is gone. Meanwhile in the remote highlands of Guatemala, ex-baseball great Bill Buchanan thinks he’s found salvation from his boozy bush-league life when he hears about an Indian kid with an amazing pitching arm. But when he arrives at the village, all that’s left of the kid is the arm. Soon Teller and Buchanan encounter bloody ritual and genocide, as they are entangled in a centuries-old prophecy with the power to destroy.

Crusade: Undercover Against the Mafia and KGB
ISBN: 0028810198

Brassey's Inc. 1993

When "60 Minutes" asked for America's expert on Mafia activities in the United States and Sicily, the U.S. government gave them Tom Tripodi. Crusade is the story of this bare-knuckled son of Italian immigrants who learned the Mafia's secrets--from the inside out. Learn how Tom Tripodi helped put dozens of mafiosi and drug dealers in jail and how his fellow law enforcement officials in Italy have been blown away.



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