John H. Briant was born in Theresa,
New York. He served three years and three months with the 27th Infantry Division, 108th Infantry, until 1950, when he entered
the U.S. Air Force, during the Korean War. In 1953 he became a member of the New York State Police, where
he served in Troop "D" and in Troop "B." He was a Station Commander from 1960-1963.
His fascinating autobiography, “One Cop’s Story: A Life Remembered,” details
his life and service with the New York State Police.
John H. Briant is also famous for the
Adirondack detective series. The crime novels take place in the Adirondacks Mountains of New York. The
Adirondack area comprises six million acres and is larger than Yellowstone, Yosemite, Grand Canyon, Great Smoky, and Everglades
National Parks combined. John H. Briant introduces the character of Jason Black, retired State police member
and private investigator. Black, a man at the prime of middle age, works wholeheartedly for his world of small towns, long
lakes, and large forests, where honest people care about and reach out to help one another. John H. Briant
has written both a frightening crime adventure and a tribute to the spirit of the Adirondack.
John H. Briant is the author
of One Cop's Story: A Life Remembered; Adirondack Detective; Adirondack Detective Returns; and, Adirondack
Detective, a New Beginning.
John H. Briant said of Cop's
Story: A Life Remembered, it “reached and completed its fourth year on the market. It still is selling,
especially to young men and women interested in the field of Law Enforcement. The book in its early publication almost made
the national market, however it is still alive and well to those readers interested in the field and students participating
in Criminal Justice Studies.”
One reader of Adirondack
Detective Returns said it “is an enjoyable, exciting, romantic follow-on to his earlier fine book 'Adirondack
Detective'. As I turned the pages of 'Adirondack Detective Returns', it was like I was "going back home"
to all my old "friends & Acquaintances" from 'Adirondack Detective'. Private Investigator Jason Black
and his fiancée' Patty provide a subplot of love, blossoming in the Adirondacks, while Jason propels himself into
the thrilling main plot - the case of the 'Arizona - New York' connection. And along the way, author John Briant weaves
us through a number of subplots that just add spice and excitement to the main dialogue and the anticipation of Jason's
and Patty's budding romance.
Having lived myself in the Arizona
desert areas around Casa Grande, as well as in the Utica, NY area with the prestigious Adirondack Mountains Park a short journey
North, I could immerse into Briant's story like I was one of the characters myself - it is that real and engrossing! John
Briant weaves his story so well, while paying homage to the hearty people and places of the great Adirondack Park. From Dale
and his piloting adventures, to John & Lila at the diner, to friendly Wilt Chambers and logger Charlie Perkins - all make
you feel at home in the Adirondack North land - it's like you're part of the 'gang' as you read along. And
John Briant also introduces us to many new characters (on both sides of the law!). All in all its a great read and I highly
recommend 'Adirondack Detective Returns' to anyone who wants to curl up in an easy chair or rock on a porch swing
while venturing into a few hours of Adirondack excitement! My hat is off to you Mr. Briant - I hope you have many more stories
for us involving this great cast of characters in the beautiful God's Country inside the Adirondack Blue Line!”