Bio

GARY KRISS has been stringing together words for longer than he cares to remember, including for THE NEW YORK TIMES where he wrote critically acclaimed feature articles.

Born in the great borough of Brooklyn, Gary was raised in the Smoky Mountains of East Tennessee, near Dolly Parton’s home town, although he has never shown any vocal ability. He did, however, fall under the spell of the South’s rich literary heritage and to this day remains bewitched by it.

Gary studied philosophy and sociology as an undergraduate and did his graduate work in sociology and psychology at The New School for Social Research. A former journalism, communication arts and marketing professor, he was named a Research Associate at Williams College in recognition of his writing.

Like the protagonist of THE ZODIAC DECEPTION, Gary's an accomplished mentalist, magician and ventriloquist. He’s a member of the Society of American Magicians, founded by Houdini, and of the International Brotherhood of Magicians. He’s also an active member of the International Thriller Writers, the Mystery Writers of America and, because he’s a hopeless romantic, the Romance Writers of America.

Currently he’s working on his next novel, THE HOUDINI KILLER, a prequel to THE ZODIAC DECEPTION. True to form, he’s writing it either in a coffee house or a bookstore rather than in his Westchester County, NY home, which has been invaded by research material, an unruly horde the likes of which have not seen since the glory days of the Vikings and the Goths.

Beyond that, his main concern is making his lovely wife, Pat, his publisher, his editor, his agents, his dog and his cat proud of him. He still holds out hope that he can win over the dog.

  • “The Zodiac Deception is an amazing and ingenious WWII thriller. From the opening set-up to the shocking ending, Gary Kriss carries the reader on a harrowing journey of espionage and intrigue across the war-torn world and up to the highest levels of Nazi power. Vivid, fast moving, beautifully imagined and convincing, this is an epic debut novel.”

    —Douglas Preston, #1 New York Times bestselling co-author of Two Graves

  • “The Zodiac Deception offers a fresh and wondrously original take on the old World War II tale.  Gary Kriss's sterling debut mixes magic and mysticism with espionage and derring-do to create a perfect blend of what you'd have if Eye of the Needle met Stephen King on a lighter day.  The story may not be true, but you'll wish it was and believe it too.  Bold, refreshing, and downright terrific.”

    —Jon Land, bestselling author of Pandora's Temple

  • "Intriguing ... a World War Two thriller in the grand old style, but with fresh new twists. I loved it."

    —Lee Child, New York Times bestselling author