Kevin Kluesner has worked in the healthcare field for over 40 years, the last four as an administrator at Ascension St. Joseph, and in October he started as a site administrator for the new Center d mental health emergency on the 12the and Walnut. But next to it, Kluesner wrote.
This month Kluesner published his first novel, The Killer’s Sermon with the best level books.
“I never wanted to be one-dimensional,” Kluesner says. “During my healthcare journey, I have often had a side concert. I worked as an outdoor writer for a daily newspaper.
The novel, set in Milwaukee, follows an FBI agent and a Sentinel Journal journalist on the trail of a killer targeting doctors who perform abortions.
“It’s the story of two protagonists, a man and a woman, who have very different opinions when it comes to the issue of reproductive rights,” says Kluesner. “But they have to put those differences aside to catch a killer.”
The opening scene shows the anonymous gunman on a Milwaukee rooftop, rifle in hand, awaiting his target. After the murder, the story turns to Cole Huebsch, an FBI agent based at the Milwaukee field office in St. Francis (not a fictitious office, by the way – the FBI is really on Lake Drive in St. Francis). ). Huebsch is tasked with solving the murder.
Kluesner knows that the subject of abortion is controversial. “My characters express their own opinions, but you won’t find mine in the book,” he says. “Other than maybe this: our words matter. We need to own them and realize that what we say will have consequences, sometimes in ways we never anticipated or imagined. Second, no matter how much we differ on the divisive issues of our time, we must respect each other. “
At Sentinel Journalin the offices of, Michele Fields writes an article about the shooting, then receives an email from the killer. When she reports it to the police, Huebsch meets her at the Calderone club to chat, and their initially difficult alliance begins.
The novel is an entertaining mystery and thriller for any reader, but it holds a special place for the people of Milwaukee. It’s packed with local details, like characters sipping a Motto Mosaic Pale Ale from Good City Brewing, a taco from BelAir, or Huebsch’s background as a wrestler for Team Marquette.
“My novel celebrates Milwaukee and Wisconsin,” says Kluesner.
The Killer’s Sermon is now available on Kindle and other electronic reading platforms, and will be available in print this month. Kluesner also does several book readings and dedications – for a full schedule of events, check out his website, linked here.