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John Cowlin

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Connection to Illinois: Cowlin grew up in a Northwest suburb of Chicago.

Biography: John Cowlin has been an educator for more than 25 years.


Primary Literary Genre(s): Fiction

Primary Audience(s): Adult readers


Selected Titles

Baby Moses
ISBN: 1937484777 OCLC: 1243160667

Amika Press 2020

It’s the 1950s. The American South. And Moses is returning home. After years away, he’s visiting Miss Clio, the woman who found him as a baby in a basket on a creek mudbank. Harve and Enos are a couple of hardscrabble losers making time at the local Grain & Feed. They need nineteen dollars to pay back the boys at the V.F.W. so they can get back in Friday night’s card game. They hatch a plan—grab a shotgun and rob a Black church during Sunday service. What they do know is that the plan is foolproof and that absolutely nothing can go wrong. What they don’t know is Moses—or what he has in his duffel. This story is about seven church robberies, the Chicken Shack, pipe tobacco, a double-barrel shotgun, a library book, the Dicks cousins, a flat rock by a creek, three bus tickets, a granary, a bag of MoonPies, an Italian piano factory, the Colonel, four dollars in pennies, a cellar, dusty jackweed, Charlie’s Roadside Diner, a swamp shanty, Sergeant Isaac “Catfish” Dudley, hot peppers, a poker game, the Klan, and one pipe wrench. But mostly it’s about a man named Moses trying to make things right.

Monster City: A Hardboiled Horror Mystery
ISBN: 1937484181 OCLC: 879498660

Amika Press 2013

Life ain't easy for a regular guy in this town. Just ask Vic Brahm, workaday investigator in a city of monsters. Vic's new client? A three-thousand-year-old Egyptian who suspects his wife is messing around with a manwolf. Vic's neighbor? A beautiful dame being stalked by some thing with claws. Vic's partner Shelley? Murdered, with no suspects or leads. And the vampire syndicate? Breathing down Vic's neck because who knows why. Zombies. Voodoo priests. Inbred cannibal hillbillies from The Village. It's all in a night's work for Vic Brahm, P.I. Welcome To San Monstruo ... Where Raymond Chandler meets Boris Karloff.


Independently Published 2021