David Joseph Kolb: Forthcoming book, Devil Knows: A Tale of Murder and Madness in America’s First Century
(Available: October 1, 2015)
David Joseph Kolb is a journalist and author. Devil Knows: A Tale of Murder and Madness in America’s First Century is his first published work of fiction.
Born in New York City, Kolb has lived mostly in the Midwest, serving as editorial page editor, city hall reporter and police reporter for newspapers there for more than a quarter-century.
His freelance work has also appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post and The International Herald Tribune among other publications. He is currently co-publisher and co-editor, and a columnist for, a progressive political newsletter “dedicated to turning West Michigan blue.”
The writer’s journalism has earned him high praise from readers and editors alike, and has garnered for Kolb numerous first-place writing awards from the Associated Press, United Press International, Michigan Press Association and the American Legion.
In 1996, Kolb was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize for A World War Chronicle, a local interest book based on a six-year collection of his editorials and reporting on the 50th anniversary of World War II, and on West Michigan’s involvement in that titanic struggle.
As an Ohio University undergraduate, Kolb studied English literature and creative writing as a student of the late Walter Tevis, acclaimed novelist and short story writer, author of The Hustler and other works.
Kolb lives with his wife Maxine and works from their home in Grand Haven, MI, where he is writing his next novel.
Devil Knows: A Tale of Murder and Madness in America’s First Century
More than three centuries ago, the Salem, Massachusetts, Court of Oyer and Terminer responsible for the deaths of 20 innocent men and women for the crime of witchcraft, was in session – and in a murderous mood. It sentenced Mary Bradbury, the great-ancestor of legendary author Ray Bradbury, to death.
But that horrific decree was never carried out. The 77-year-old grandmother’s impossible escape from a Boston dungeon – the only instance of a convicted “witch” having cheated the hangman – is one of the last remaining Salem mysteries. Until now.
Devil Knows: A Tale of Murder and Madness in America’s First Century is a thrilling historical adventure in the grand storytelling tradition ofNorthwest Passage and Drums Along the Mohawk.It breaks new literary ground about the very first American century – a nearly forgotten post-Pilgrim past when intolerance, misogyny and ignorance culminated in horrifying outrages against ordinary people.
Yet it rediscovers, too, that hope was never lost, and that heroes were always among us.