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

  • “Flush with fascinating historical details, The Zodiac Deception by Gary Kriss is an exciting spy thriller like no other. For six months in 1942 as war burns across Europe, "Professor David Walker" is undercover with a seemingly impossible mission--trick Reichsführer Heinrich Himmler into assassinating his boss, Adolf Hitler. Fortunately, the professor is much more than he seems. From Berlin to Paris, Cairo to Istanbul, Walker dodges killers, unmasks charlatans, coordinates with the underground, and creates illusions that seem so real Himmler believes them. This is adventure at its best.”

    —Gayle Lynds, New York Times bestselling author of The Book of Spies

  • “Gary Kriss makes a powerful debut in the riveting new thriller The Zodiac Deception.  The heavens are aligned to bring you the suspense of World War II - the dangers from Berlin to Paris to Cairo, the scheming of Hitler and his Nazi forces, the strategies of Churchill and his Allies - in a way you've never read about it before.  This is a stunning entry from former NYTimes reporter Kriss, from its haunting opening to its very last line.”

     —Linda Fairstein, New York Times bestselling author of Silent Mercy