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April 4-6, 2025

Word of South

Roger Johns

ROGER JOHNS is a former corporate lawyer and retired college professor, and the author of the Wallace Hartman Mysteries from St. Martin’s Press/Minotaur Books: Dark River Rising (2017) and River of Secrets (2018). He is the 2018 Georgia Author of the Year (Detective·Mystery Category), a 2018 Killer Nashville Readers’ Choice Award nominee, a finalist for both the 2018 Silver Falchion Award for best police procedural and the 2019 Frank Yerby Fiction Award, and he is the 2019 JKS Communications Author-in-Residence. His articles and interviews on writing and the writing life have appeared in Career Author, Criminal Element, Killer Nashville Articles, and the Southern Literary Review. Roger belongs to the Atlanta Writers Club, Sisters in Crime, Mystery Writers of America, and International Thriller Writers. Along with several other crime fiction writers, he co-authors the MurderBooks blog at You can visit him at and on Twitter at @rogerjohns10. Roger will be appearing at Word of South with fellow southern mystery writer Steven Cooper.