The Zodiac Deception

Summer, 1942: The con man known as David Walker didn't exactly volunteer, but OSS chief Wild Bill Donovan convinced him that serving his country and the cause of freedom by posing as German astrologer Peter Kepler was a better use of his time than going to prison for impersonating a Yale University professor. His mission: use his skills in illusion, sleight of hand and deception to gain Heinrich Himmler’s trust and persuade him to assassinate Adolph Hitler.

In a plot that involves German resistance members in high places, Walker walks a tightrope of deceit, playing on the high command's fascination with the occult to penetrate the highest levels of Nazi power in a daring plan to eliminate the Nazi Führer.

In action that takes him from Berlin to Paris to Cairo; from Hitler's Eagle Nest to Himmler’s occult Wewelsburg Castle, Gary Kriss's The Zodiac Deception is a memorable debut, an unforgettable thrill ride through the dark heart of World War II Germany. READ THE FIRST CHAPTER

  • "A refreshingly inventive, exciting WWII thriller. A con artist taught escapes by Houdini, spiritualism tricks by Conan Doyle and Method acting by Stanislavski, his desperate mission takes him from Berlin to Paris to the deserts of North Africa and the intrigues of Cairo. It's unlike anything you've read before."

    —David Morrell, New York Times bestselling author of Murder as a Fine Art

  • “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

  • "Gary Kriss is a brilliant new talent who has written a literate, complex, historical thriller filled with truly slimy villains, taut nail-biting suspense and snappy good guys you are going to like a lot.  Thanks, Gary, for a terrific fun read!”

    —Stephen Coonts , New York Times bestselling author of Pirate Alley