Born in Cleveland, Ohio in 1949 and migrating to California with his family in the 1960s, John Knoerle has worked as a stand-up comic, a voiceover actor and a radio reporter.
Recent works to Mr. Knoerle's name are plenty, including: the screenplay for 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 Critics Choice. John Knoerle has also worked as a writer for Garrison Keillor’s A Prairie Home Companion.
Adding to his list of accomplishments are his novels, Crystal Meth Cowboys, which was published in 2003, and optioned by Fox TV; and The Violin Player, winner of the Mayhaven Award for Fiction. Most recently Knoerle has been working on an amazing-sounding spy series, The American Spy Trilogy, two of which are available. Book One, A Pure Double Cross, was released in 2008. Book Two of the American Spy Trilogy is titled A Despicable Profession.
Mr. Knoerle can be found at his website: Blue Steel Press. Be sure to visit for an eye-popping array of excerpts, info and so much more!.
Please tell us a bit about your book, A Despicable Profession: Book Two of the American Spy Trilogy - characters, plot, etc.
Happy to. Here’s a brief synopsis:
May, 1946. America is basking in hard-won peace and prosperity. The OSS has been disbanded, CIA does not yet exist. Rumors swirl about the Red Army massing tanks along the Elbe in East Germany.
Former OSS agent Hal Schroeder gets an offer from Global Commerce LTD to be a trade rep in Berlin. He flies to New York to meet his new boss. Hal’s jaw drops when former OSS Chief Wild Bill Donovan strides in. Schroeder, who survived perilous duty behind German lines, says he is no longer interested in being a spy. General Donovan assures him that’s not part of his job description.
Hal comes to doubt that when he meets his immediate superior in Berlin. It’s Victor Jacobson, the case officer who sent him on repeated suicide missions in WWII.
If you could meet, in person, any of your characters, who would it be and why?
General Wild Bill Donovan, the legendary head of the OSS during World War II. A decorated hero in World War I, he was a man of action whose motto was ‘try anything.’ He would have tales to tell.