Michael Gruber
AUTHOR

Michael Gruber

I was born and raised in New York City, and educated in its public schools. I went to Columbia, earning a BA in English literature.. After college I did editorial work at various small magazines in New York, and then went back to school at City College and got the equivalent of a second BA, in biology. After that I went to the University of Miami and got a masters in marine biology. In 1968-69 I was in the U. S. Army as a medic.

In 1973, I received my Ph.D. in marine sciences, for a study of octopus behavior. Then I was a chef at several Miami restaurants. Then I was a hippie traveling around in a bus and working as a roadie for various rock groups. Then I worked for the county manager of Metropolitan Dade County, as an analyst. Then I was director of planning for the county department of human resources.

I went to Washington DC in 1977, and worked in the Carter White House, Office of Science and Technology Policy. Then I worked in the Environmental Protection Agency as a policy analyst and also as the speechwriter for the Administrator. In 1986, I was promoted to the Senior Executive Service of the U.S., the highest level of the federal civil service. That same year, Robert K. Tanenbaum contacted me and asked me to write a courtroom thriller to be published under his name. I did that, and since then I have also written the first fifteen novels in the popular Butch Karp and Marlene series.

In 1988 I left Washington, D.C. and settled in Seattle, where I worked as a speechwriter and environmental expert for the state land commissioner. I have been a full-time freelance writer since 1990, mostly on the Karp novels, but also doing non-fiction magazine pieces on biology. My first novel under my own name, TROPIC OF NIGHT, was published in 2003 (William Morrow) and a second novel, VALLEY OF BONES, as well as a children's book THE WITCH'S BOY (Harper Collins) came out in 2005. A third thriller for Morrow, NIGHT OF THE JAGUAR is due out in early 2006. I am married, with three grown children and an extremely large dog.

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    • The Return

    • A Novel
    • By: Michael Gruber
    • Narrated by: Jonathan Davis
    • Length: 17 hrs and 14 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 246
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 227
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 230

    With an unforgettable hero, The Return is as exciting and provocative as Gruber’s best work....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Outstanding

    • By Alan on 10-01-13

    Regular price: $21.68

    • The Book of Air and Shadows

    • A Novel
    • By: Michael Gruber
    • Narrated by: Stephen Hoye
    • Length: 18 hrs and 52 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 487
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 155
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 155

    Jake Mishkin's seemingly innocent job as an intellectual property lawyer has put him at the center of a deadly conspiracy and a chase to find a priceless treasure involving William Shakespeare....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Not your average story.

    • By Nicholas Winn on 06-02-07

    Regular price: $34.99

    • Tropic of Night

    • By: Michael Gruber
    • Narrated by: Margaret Whitton
    • Length: 5 hrs and 28 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 49
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 22
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 22

    Jane Doe was a promising anthropologist, an expert on shamanism....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Loved this entire series!

    • By aasterisk17 on 10-20-15

    Regular price: $18.24

    • The Good Son

    • By: Michael Gruber
    • Narrated by: Neil Shah
    • Length: 17 hrs and 9 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 222
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 150
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 147

    Somewhere in Pakistan, Sonia Laghari and eight fellow members of a symposium on peace are being held captive by armed terrorists....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A very smart thriller, very well read.

    • By Mary Shore on 08-17-10

    Regular price: $27.97

    • Valley of Bones

    • By: Michael Gruber
    • Narrated by: Kate Forbes, Jonathan Davis
    • Length: 6 hrs and 19 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 55
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 18
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 18

    Rookie cop Tito Morales arrives at the Trianon hotel to investigate a routine disturbance call and, to his shock and horror, watches as a wealthy oil man plunges ten stories....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Spies Thugs in a World of Intrigue, Mystery

    • By Timothy on 03-18-05

    Regular price: $21.67

    • The Forgery of Venus

    • By: Michael Gruber
    • Narrated by: Eric Conger
    • Length: 10 hrs and 7 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 128
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 68
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 70

    Chaz Wilmot makes his living cranking out old-master parodies for ads and magazine covers....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • recommended for artists!

    • By Judy on 01-02-11

    Regular price: $28.51

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