Available March 23rd!

“A cold case and the murder of a police captain combine to propel this fast-paced, engaging police procedural novel! Fans of Michael Connelly and Ed McBain will find much to love here!” – Richard Helms, Shamus Award-winning author of A Kind and Savage Place

“When Detective Joe Erickson’s police captain is executed in cold blood, the trail leads to corruption at the highest level of Chicago politics. Johanson has knocked it out of the park again.” – Susan Van Kirk, Author of the Art Center Mysteries and the Endurance Mysteries

Lynn-Steven Johanson has made a habit of reinventing himself over the years: teacher, professor, director, playwright, and now, novelist. He sees himself as continually evolving, both personally and professionally.

Lynn’s mother wrote occasional articles for area newspapers as well as a column for the local paper during World War II. His sister is also writer, so writing appears to be a family trait.

Rose’s Thorn, Lynn’s first mystery novel, is based on a screenplay he wrote numerous years ago. Taking his wife’s suggestion, he fleshed out the story into a novel.

The main character’s name, Joe Erickson, was the name of Lynn’s maternal grandfather who died eight years before Lynn was born.

Lynn featured Marathon, Iowa, in Rose’s Thorn, and again in Havana Brown, because he wanted to pay homage to his hometown.


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