Gayle Lynds
Book of Spies by Maine writer Gayle Lynds

Gayle Lynds

New York Times–bestseller Gayle Lynds is the award-winning author of nine international espionage novels. Publishers Weekly lists her book Masquerade among the top-ten spy novels of all time. The London Observer calls her a kick-ass thriller writer. Lee Child says she’s “today’s best thriller writer.”

Lynds moved to Maine from California in 2011 to join her new husband, John C. Sheldon, a retired Maine judge. They live among fourteen acres of trees outside Portland, perfect for long walks and enjoyable days writing. Thus far, she and John have collaborated on two short stories: “A Triumph of Logic,” published in A Study in Sherlock (Bantam), and “A Card for Mother,” published in Ice Cold (Grand Central).

Her novels have been a People magazine Page-Turner of the Week and Beach Read of the Week. Her book 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 the Military Writers Society of America and Best Novel by the American Association of Authors. Library Journal “strongly recommends” her books. With Robert Ludlum, she created the Covert-One series, and one of the books, The Hades Factor, was a CBS miniseries. Her next spy thriller is Game of Assassins, due out from St. Martin's Press in 2015. A member of the Association for Former Intelligence Operatives, she is cofounder (with David Morrell) and former copresident of International Thriller Writers, Inc.

One of her favorite quotations is by Christopher Marley and expresses how she feels, too: “When you give someone a book, you don’t give him just paper, ink, and glue. You give him the possibility of a whole new life.”