John is the author of several books, including Reconciliation Road. Part family memoir, part investigative mystery. It won a Washington Governor's Writer's Award in 1994.
It recounts his 12,000-mile journey around America in search of whether his famous grandfather -- S.L.A. Marshall, author of the Korean War classic Pork Chop Hill -- was a fraud in his life and work, as was alleged in a national magazine. The journey also becomes a reflection on the Vietnam War's impact on one American family since Lt. John Marshall received an honorable discharge from the Army as a conscientious objector and that led his brigadier general grandfather to disown him; they never spoke again.
John spent more than a quarter-century as a journalist at the Seattle Post-Intelligencer until it ceased publication in 2009. His last job at the P-I was as the paper's longtime book critic, where he interviewed many leading authors (including Bainbridge notables David Guterson, Kristin Hannah, Linda Bierds, Alan Furst and Andrew Ward). John is the father of two grown children. He has lived on Bainbridge Island since 2010.