Full Name: Jon Gegenheimer
Birthdate: October 23, 1945
Birthplace: New Orleans, LA.
Genre: Historical fiction
No. of Books Written: 2
- After working as a trial lawyer for 20 years, I ran for public office in 1987 and was elected as clerk of court for the Parish of Jefferson, Louisiana. I continue to serve in that capacity.
- I have read many of the Great Books of Western Civilization.
- I’m a member of the New Orleans Dickens Fellowship and the New Orleans Faulkner Society, where I interact with writers of serious literary fiction, my writing genre.
- I am working on a third novel, The Canon Code: Freud Solves The Mystery of Edwin Drood, which I hope to publish later this year.
Notable Characters Created
+ Christa Joyner
The protagonist in The Second Hill. She is found (ostensibly by raw chance) as an infant wrapped in a blanket and lying in a wicker basket, placed by some unknown person(s) in a New Orleans church yard. She grows up in Washington, DC; attends Stanford; becomes interested in politics, and is elected to Congress at the age of 29. Christa distinguishes herself as a young congresswoman and becomes famous nationwide. In 2036, at age 35, she becomes the 48th president and wages an all-out war on terrorism, socialism, moral relativism, atheism, political correctness, and other maladies confronting America. In 2042, Christa orders a surgical strike to kill the world’s five leading terrorists. The strike is successful, but her enemies in Congress claim that she violated the Constitution. The House of Representatives impeaches her for “high crimes and misdemeanors.” She survives an impeachment trial and settles back into the Oval Office to complete the final two years of her presidency. It is then that her adoptive father, Jack Joyner, discovers that Christa Joyner was placed in the church yard by the Almighty. She is the Second Coming, sent by the Creator as His reaction to 9/11/01, the infamous date when terrorism reached the heart of America.
A Georgetown University philosophy professor who later becomes the University’s president, is among those who find the infant (see Christa Joyner, above) in the church yard. His wife (Maggie) and he adopt the infant and name her Christa. Like his daughter, Jack is an intrepid warrior in the arena of ideas. He fights alongside her against the forces that seek to fundamentally transform America by trashing its culture and values, erasing its borders, and demonizing its Founders and many of its subsequent great leaders. Jack is the first person to realize that his adopted daughter, Christa, is the Second Coming. He didn’t find her in the church yard by chance. He was sent to that holy spot by God, He who first gave us his Son, Jesus, and who, in November 2001 sent His second Child – his Daughter – to save mankind from the Devil and deliver us from evil.
The protagonist in The Griffin Murders. He’s an associate justice on the Louisiana Supreme Court who solves 5 gruesome murders committed by a cunning serial killer, whom Wyndham calls The Griffin. The murderer brands onto most of his victims’ foreheads a griffin, the mythical creature that is half eagle and half lion. The story revolves around Wyndham’s striking likeness to Sherlock Holmes. He closely resembles Holmes physically, and he employs the famous detective’s investigative methods. On Ash Wednesday at a party in his French Quarter mansion, Wyndham unmasks The Griffin, who turns out to be a prominent New Orleans figure. New Orleans is the prime setting for this spellbinding whodunit. Indeed, just as London is a prominent “character” in the Holmes adventures, New Orleans is a major player in The Griffin Murders.