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Lorenzo’s Assassin

Murder Lorenzo the Magnificent?

A devout Catholic soldier struggles to obey his Pope even after he has been befriended by Lorenzo.

A beautiful girl loses the love of Lorenzo’s handsome brother and resorts to witchcraft to regain it.

A Greek scholar seeks revenge for the death of his lover twenty-five years earlier.

From the unfinished Sistine Chapel, to the altar beneath Brunelleschi’s dome, to the fire tunnels under the great Theodosian Wall in besieged Constantinople, Lorenzo’s Assassin tells three intertwined stories of love, vengeance and forgiveness.

I was pleased to be named a “Writer to Watch” by the Friends of the San Diego Central Library. Part of this honor was an invitation to give a talk about my latest book, Lorenzo’s Assassin and about writing, which I did on February 18, 2017.

This is an edited video of that talk.

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Kirkus Review of Lorenzo's Assassin

February 9, 2017 9:39 am


Kirkus Reviews is a respected book reviewing service used by many publishers and authors. I just received their review of my latest novel, LORENZO’S ASSASSIN, and to my great relief, it’s pretty good.

“Intricate and gripping, the book keeps the reader racing along with Giovan and company all the way to the bloody end. An ambitious and engrossing tale of Renaissance Italy.”


John Gives Talk at Scripps Miramar Library



Please join me at the Scripps Miramar Branch Library Wednesday evening for an entertaining discussion about my latest novel, Lorenzo’s Assassin. I promise you it won’t be dull.

Wednesday, August 9, 2017 at 6:30 PM

Scripps Miramar Ranch Library
10301 Scripps Lake Drive, San Diego, CA 92131

LORENZO’S ASSASSIN is San Diego Book Awards Finalist

The San Diego Book Awards Association has been recognizing authors and their books for twenty years. I am very pleased that they have selected my latest novel, LORENZO’S ASSASSIN, as a finalist in the historical fiction category. The winners will be announced at the annual ceremony on June 10th.