John Keyse-Walker


How They Came to Us

John won his first publishing contract through the Minotaur Books/Mystery Writers of America First Crime Novel Award and was unagented for his debut. Being a retired lawyer, he understood the importance of having an industry professional look over his contracts before he signed them so, when the time came to broach his second novel, he asked his editor to refer him to some agents. Happily, Danielle was one of the agents on the list. She read SUN, SAND, MURDER and felt like she had been whisked away to a tropical island vacation (albeit, a vacation with a pretty gruesome crime to solve!). She so enjoyed John’s writing that she offered him representation right away. They’ve now sold his second book, BEACH, BREEZE, BLOODSHED.


John practiced as a trial lawyer for thirty-two years. In 2012, he retired, planning to devote time to travel, fishing, tennis, kayaking, and volunteer work. When he found those pursuits failed to fill the hours in the day, he began to write. His debut novel, SUN, SAND, MURDER, won the Minotaur Books/Mystery Writers of America First Crime Novel Award. John and his wife, Irene, divide their time between homes in Northern Ohio and Florida.

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