John Lescroart Biography


(Masterpieces of Fiction, Detective and Mystery Edition)

John Lescroart was born in Houston on January 14, 1948. He has said that writing has always been in his blood. His father, a businessman, was a frustrated writer who regretted never writing the novel he said he had in him. Lescroart published plays, poems, and essays in high school and college. Majoring in English at the University of California at Berkeley, he completed a first novel heavily influenced by Ernest Hemingway and F. Scott Fitzgerald. A year later he wrote a second novel, but he did not attempt to get his work published, regarding writing as a means of self-expression but not as a career. Then came an interest in music that led him to composing songs and performing in the 1970’s in Europe. He returned to Los Angeles intent on becoming a rock star.

By the late 1970’s Lescroart began to realize that his dreams of rock stardom were unlikely to be realized, and he stopped performing. He wrote one novel about his experiences in Europe but did not seek a publisher. Then he wrote a few novels experimenting with the mystery and detective genre (pastiches of the Sherlock Holmes mysteries). When his early novel, Sunburn (1982), won a writing prize and was later published, he began to think about a full-time writing career. However, Lescroart had not yet found his voice. This was a troubling period for him. In 1979, he divorced his first wife, Leslee Ann Miller, after a three-year marriage. He married Lisa Marie Sawyer in 1984. They had one...

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