John Vanek


Born and raised in the Cleveland, Ohio, area, John Vanek received his bachelor’s degree from Case Western Reserve University, where his passion for creative writing took root. He received his medical degree from the University of Rochester, did his internship at University Hospitals of Cleveland, and completed his residency at the Cleveland Clinic. During the quarter century he practiced medicine, his interest in writing never waned. His work has won contests and has been published in a variety of literary journals, anthologies, and magazines. John lives in Florida, where he teaches a poetry workshop for seniors. For more information, go to

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A Father Jake Austin Mystery
A mystery/suspense series set in Oberlin, Ohio, and featuring amateur detective Father Jake Austin, a Catholic priest.


Price: $5.95 USD.


Series: A Father Jake Austin Mystery. Price: $5.95 USD. Words: 75,750. Language: English. Published: January 15, 2018 by Coffeetown Press. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Amateur sleuth, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller
Father Jake Austin has been assigned to Oberlin, Ohio, which he left for a brutal tour in Vietnam. At a reunion, he encounters his high school sweetheart and questions his calling as a priest. Then another classmate is killed and two more hospitalized. To find the flesh and blood devil who is stalking his classmates, Jake must first put aside his own demons.

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amateur sleuth    catholic    oberlin    ohio    priest detective    ptsd    vietnam