As a life-long student of Native America and a career Marine, he is uniquely qualified to tell the often violent yet spiritual stories of the American Southwest. His books explore the beauty of the land, the people, and the violence of the hunt for threatened Aztec, Anasazi and Apache treasures. Readers of Tony Hillerman and Margaret Coel will agree, David Knop’s novels are an exhilarating adventure into the heart of our lesser-known past.
Cheers from readers:
“With a sharp eye for detail of all kinds, Mr. Knop has created a real world in which strange and mystic events can happen.”
“His new book shares, in the best sense of 21st Century fiction, the sense of injustice, the absurdity, and the richness of the world he paints. ”
“Knop’s keen eye for finding occult secrets leading to mysteries was likely born during his two tours in Vietnam as a USMC officer both as an active combat veteran as well as a creator and editor of military operations plans and an observant journalist. Couple that with a life long commitment to Native American culture and traditions and it is obvious that he is an astute a spellbinding weaver of the violent and spiritual stories he has committed to books (The Smoked Mirror, Mining Sacred Ground, and Poisoned by God’s Flesh). His writing style is terse, graphic, clawing without being cloying, and his ability to immerse the reader in Native American culture while keeping focus on contemporary aberrations bred by our current political arena is at the top of his game.”
“It is a rare treat to read a novel where the indigenous people are not the bad guys. A bow to the inventiveness and sensitivity of David Knop for bringing the link between hard detective work and mysticism together in a marriage made in reader heaven.”