J.R. Diestelkamp was born on July 4, 1983, in St. Catharines, Ontario. Growing up, Diestelkamp became interested in entering the teaching profession because of his love for working with children. He went to school at Brock University and studied Chemistry and Education. He graduated in 2006, with a Bachelor's of Education and a Bachelor of Science focused in Chemistry.
Upon graduating, Diestelkamp was hired by the local school board and has been a substitute teacher up to the date of publication for this novel. Even though Chemistry is his main focus, he always has had a knack for creative writing. In 2011, he published his first novel titled 'Elijah Deville in Coasting to Death'.
The series itself follows the cases of Elijah Deville, a rich Canadian lawyer situated in Toronto. Along with his sister Becca, and his investigator, Cameron Mills, Elijah helps defend guilty looking clients against scurrilous criminal charges. Somewhat based off of fictional lawyers, Perry Mason and Ben Matlock, Elijah always says that he'll vigourously defend his clients in the courtroom. However, personal ethics sometimes hinder his cause, creating situations that other fictional lawyers might not face.
Unlike other detective stories, Diestelkamp attempts to place his characters in a time and place. Although real names and events, close to the time period have been changed, you'll notice that sometimes novels refer to other cases that have already happened or are about to happen. Sometimes, clues might be given in one novel, that might shed some light on a case in another one. Diestelkamp hopes that this feature not only keeps readers coming back to the series, but that it adds a sense of realism, in that these characters really do have lives, and are not just bounding from case to case.
At the time of publication, J.R. Diestelkamp resides in Thorold, Ontario, a town of 18,000 people, situated about 15 minutes west of Niagara Falls. He is active in his community, including the church where he attends known as the Garden City Church of Christ. He hopes you enjoy the series, and looks forward to write many more novels in the years to come.
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Elijah Deville in Guilty Until Proven Innocent
Agents for the Secret Service are expected to take a bullet for the President. Failing is not an option. However, when the President is shot and killed, someone must be brought to justice. But is the person accused of the crime, the real killer, or just a patsy? That's what Elijah Deville has to find out. Can you solve the case before Elijah? Take the challenge, that is if you're up to it.
Elijah Deville in Judged Worthy of Death
Murder can happen to anyone! Just ask Chief Justice Dexter Cunningham. Being stabbed five times in the back, doesn't bode well for your chances of survival. Before he left this earth though, Justice Cunningham did deliver one final sentence. The question is can Elijah Deville decipher the message? An even better question is, can you? Take the challenge, that is if you're up to it.
Elijah Deville in Coasting to Death
Elijah Deville is a crafty lawyer. When an employee is accused of sabotaging a rollercoaster in order to kill his boss, Elijah refuses to believe it. With all of the evidence seemingly against him, Elijah fights on in his quest for the 'Not Guilty' verdict. Who committed this murder? And more importantly how? Can you crack the case before Elijah? Take the challenge, that is if you're up to it.
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