Gayle Lynds
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Gayle Lynds

Welcome to my author page. I'm the New York Times bestselling author of ten award-winning international espionage novels -- spy thrillers. My latest one, The Assassins, won the Founder's Award for Best Novel from MWSA, the Military Writers Society of America. I'm thrilled that Publishers Weekly lists my book Masquerade among the top ten spy novels of all time, and that the London Observer says I'm "a kick-ass thriller writer." Thank you, one and all!

Born in Omaha, I grew up in Council Bluffs, Iowa, where I was editor of my high school paper, and then went on to the University of Iowa where I was managing editor of The Daily Iowan. At the same time, I sneaked into Writers Workshop fiction classes because, truthfully, all I wanted to do was write novels. Finally I was caught and permanently ejected. Although I hadn't given up, I had a few detours ahead of me.

When I graduated, my first job was as a reporter for The Arizona Republic, where one of my investigative pieces led to good changes in state legislation. Then I became an editor with rare Top Secret security clearance at a California think tank, where assorted shadowy figures passed through. Not only ideas but people seemed to bounce off the walls.

Inspired by the creativity and energy at the think tank, I finally began writing fiction -- literary short stories, which were published in literary journals, and at the same time male pulp novels in the Nick Carter series. Some friends figured I must be schizophrenic, but truthfully I was educating myself, finding myself, and learning that I really loved fiction writing and great adventure stories.

I've been fortunate. Since those early days, my books have been People magazine Page-Turner of the Week and Beach Read of the Week. Mosaic won the Thriller of the Year award from RT magazine. Mesmerized was voted fan favorite by Affaire de Coeur magazine. The Last Spymaster was named Novel of the Year by MWSA and Best Novel by the American Association of Authors. Library Journal has called me "the reigning queen of espionage fiction." And the Associated Press says I'm a "master of the Modern Cold War spy thriller."

With Robert Ludlum, I created the Covert-One series, one of which, The Hades Factor, was a CBS miniseries.

A member of the Association of Former Intelligence officers, I'm cofounder (with David Morrell) and former copresident of International Thriller Writers, Inc. Every July in New York City, ITW puts on ThrillerFest, a terrific gathering of thriller lovers from around the world. Come join us sometime!

My previous husband, Edgar-winner Dennis Lynds, passed away in 2005, a great loss to our family and to the mystery world. In 2011 I was fortunate to marry again, this time to another wonderful man, John C. Sheldon, a retired judge. I moved from California to Maine to join him and soon corrupted him -- we've collaborated on three short stories and a literary essay. I was lucky to marry another talented man.

Today John and I live with a bossy geriatric cat among fourteen acres of trees outside Portland, perfect for long walks and enjoyable days writing.

Please visit me at www.GayleLynds.com. You can test your Spy-Q there and sign up for my newsletter. I blog at www.RogueWomenWriters.com with a group of first-rate authors. Thanks for reading!

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    • The Paris Option

    • A Covert-One Novel
    • By: Robert Ludlum, Gayle Lynds
    • Narrated by: Paul Michael
    • Length: 14 hrs and 8 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 702
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 287
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 283

    In the dark of night a fiery explosion shatters a laboratory building in Paris' esteemed Pasteur Institute...

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • The Paris Option (unabridged)

    • By Marc on 03-08-03

    Regular price: $38.60

    • The Book of Spies

    • By: Gayle Lynds
    • Narrated by: Kate Reading
    • Length: 14 hrs and 43 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 356
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 240
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 237

    Ann Blake, a rare-book expert, is freed from prison by CIA undercover agent Tucker Anderson in exchange for her help and expertise on the Library of Gold....

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • Poor on all counts.

    • By karl on 07-10-11

    Regular price: $27.97

    • Robert Ludlum's The Altman Code

    • A Covert-One Novel
    • By: Robert Ludlum, Gayle Lynds
    • Narrated by: Don Leslie
    • Length: 6 hrs and 11 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 34
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 11
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 11

    On the dark waterside docks of Shanghai, a photographer is recording cargo being secretly loaded when he's brutally killed and his camera destroyed...

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Great book

    • By Mark on 05-14-09

    Regular price: $21.27

    • The Coil

    • A Novel
    • By: Gayle Lynds
    • Narrated by: Kate Reading
    • Length: 15 hrs and 45 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 65
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 28
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 27

    Liz is determined to save her cousin and uncover the swirling conspiracy....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • HUGE FAN!!!

    • By Chris on 05-16-11

    Regular price: $35.93

    • The Assassins

    • By: Gayle Lynds
    • Narrated by: Kate Reading
    • Length: 12 hrs and 41 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 42
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 38
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 38

    In 2003, in the chaos surrounding the Iraq War and the fall of Baghdad, a team of top freelance assassins infiltrates and then escapes the country with a near priceless treasure....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Non Stop Action

    • By Victor @ theAudiobookBlog on 04-05-16

    Regular price: $24.47

    • The Last Spymaster

    • By: Gayle Lynds
    • Narrated by: David Colacci
    • Length: 14 hrs and 38 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 578
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 232
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 235

    Charles "Jay" Tice was a spy's spy. Secretly, he was also a traitor and kept under strict surveillance in a maximum security prison...until now....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • fast and furious

    • By Anonymous User on 12-25-08

    Regular price: $29.99

    • Library of Gold

    • By: Gayle Lynds
    • Narrated by: Alan King
    • Length: 14 hrs and 46 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 2
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 2
    • Story
      3 out of 5 stars 1

    For centuries, emperors, historians, and even the Vatican have tried to locate Ivan the Terrible's magnificent Library of Gold....

    Regular price: $27.97

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