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Michael Gruber - Author


Michael Gruber was born in New York in 1940 and attended Columbia University where he studied English.

In 1984 his cousin, Robert Tanenbaum, a successful trial lawyer, called him from his offices in Los Angeles asking him to look at the first hundred pages of a book he had written at the request of the publishing house Franklin Watts (now part of Scholastic). He says "I called him, and I said, 'This is unsalvageable. It's not a novel, it has no characters, no plot, nothing.'"

In return for half the advance, Gruber rewrote the novel, they renegotiated the contract and went into business. This arrangement continued for 14 books. Gruber says he created the characters and the novels based on stories Tanenbaum told him, or transcripts of cases Tanenbaum had worked on. However, Gruber's credit was limited to a thank you on the acknowledgements page.

When Gruber realized that he would never get cover credit for his work with Tanenbaum he started writing The Witch's Boy in 1996, but was unable to find a publisher. So he started to write Tropic of Night. Tropic of Night is set in Miami, Long Island and West Africa and tells the story of a series of ritualistic murders that sweep Miami. The book has strong supernatural elements, although Gruber points out, 'there is no supernatural. It's all part of the universe, although the universe is queerer than we suppose.

He lives in Seattle in an old fishing bungalow overlooking Lake Washington and Mercer Island, with his wife who is an artist.

If you like Michael Gruber you might also like to read books by Raymond Khoury, Kathleen Mcgowan and Kate Mosse.

Featured Books, with extracts, by Michael Gruber

The Good Son by Michael Gruber
The Good Son
Michael Gruber
Shortlisted for the CWA Ian Fleming Steel Dagger 2011. WARRIOR. TRAITOR. SAVIOUR. EVERY SON MUST DO HIS DUTY A high- calibre thriller that explodes all genre boundaries, challenges your every expectation, and stars a heroine to equal Larsson's Lisbeth Salander....
Format: Paperback - Released: 01/07/2011
The Book of Air and Shadows by Michael Gruber
The Book of Air and Shadows
Michael Gruber
Conspiring theories, old manuscripts, people prepared to kill for the secret and the ‘lost’ journal in Elizabethan English presented for you to find the clues, this is intricate stuff, weaving together a contemporary thriller and an historical mystery which eventually...
Format: Paperback - Released: 01/08/2007

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