Brian Knopp


Brian Knopp will visit City Lights Bookstore at 3 p.m. Saturday.

His book “Mayhem in Mayberry: Misadventures of a P.I. in Southern Appalachia” is an account of private investigator culture. This revised second edition features a cover redesign, a new preface, a review by Charles Frazier, a bonus chapter and more.

Knopp is a retired private investigator who provided legal support investigations to civil and criminal attorneys for more than 30 years. A graduate of the John E. Reid Technique, the country’s preeminent interview and interrogation program, Knopp held state certifications as both a capital case investigator and sentence mitigation specialist.

He wrote the 2009 best-selling memoir “Mayhem in Mayberry: Misadventures of a P.I. in Southern Appalachia.” He also created and contributed to the collaborative novel “Naked Came the Leaf Peeper.”

Knopp taught composition at Warren Wilson College and nonfiction writing for The Great Smokies Writing Program at UNC-Asheville. He lives near Asheville.

To reserve copies of “Mayhem in Mayberry” call City Lights Bookstore at 586-9499.