Author John Crawley Announces New Novel: "The Man on the Grassy Knoll"

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An interview with the man who killed President John F. Kennedy. Fiction, or is it? You decide.

Author John Crawley announced the publication of his seventh novel, The Man On the Grassy Knoll.

The new novel is a work of historical fiction. With over 10 years of research into the countless theories about the assassination of President John F. Kennedy in Dallas on November 22, 1963 as a backdrop, Crawley introduces the reader to Raul Domingo Salazar. Salazar tells the story in his own words from his military prison cell outside Port-au-Prince, Haiti during intense interviews with a reporter named John.

The writing leads the reader into the prison interrogation room where John listens as Raul tells his story of being framed by the CIA and the Mob to keep him quiet about the role he played in the death of John Kennedy.

“This is by no means my longest or most ambitious novel,” Crawley explains. “It is, I think, my best. It is so terse and the story so direct, that one gets separated from the fact that it is fiction. It’s designed and paced to lead the reader into the prison interrogation room with the reporter to listen, first hand, to Raul Salazar as he describes being recruited to work first for the CIA and then for Castro. Later he describes in detail how he was trained for that day in Dallas and how the entire chain of events was planned and how it all went down.

“I wanted the experience to be as if you were reading a court transcript or the transcript of a tape recording made with Raul just days before. I wanted the reader to sit and listen to Raul tell his story, rather than reading a novel.”

The streets of Dallas in November in 1963 are recreated not in the author’s image and through his eyes, but rather through the memory of the second shooter that fateful day. Raul Salazar tells his story, a confession of sorts, about his life and that of the revolutions sweeping the globe in the ‘60s.

“There’s not one word in The Man On The Grassy Knoll, that isn’t from the experience of Raul, with the slight exceptions of the notes that the reporter adds to the manuscript to explain lapses on the tape or reactions to things that Raul has said. In so doing, the stripped-down story, the terse prose, is all part of the conversation we are being allowed to listen in on.”

As Crawley concludes, “Remember, this is fiction. Or is it?”

The Man On The Grassy Knoll is available at and Cover design by Bob Young of The Young Company, Dallas. Other novels by John Crawley include Baby Change Everything, Among the Aspen, The House Next Door, Under the Radar, The Uncivil War, and Between Sunday’s Columns. Visit

About John Crawley

John Crawley is a 1973 graduate of the University of Texas at Austin, where he received a BA in English with an emphasis on Creative Writing. He spent the next 30-odd years as a writer and creative director in the advertising profession, developing award-winning TV, radio and print campaigns for clients such as AT&T, American Airlines, Blue Bell Ice Cream, BellSouth, Disney, Jaguar, Mazda and Xerox.

Besides sitting at a keyboard and typing, Crawley, who lives less than 10 minutes from Oswald’s perch in the Texas Schoolbook Depository building in Downtown Dallas, also enjoys painting, playing his guitars (which he has an impressive collection that he is quick to share with visitors at an ample volume). He is also an award-winning photographer, as well a father of three and the husband of Michele – herself an advertising executive. Together they have two cats and a dog.


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