Books by Michael Gruber

Michael Gruber, whose Tropic of Night immediately established him as a member of the very highest order of today's suspense novelists, lives in Seattle with his wife, an artist. The third novel featuring Jimmy Paz, Night of the Jaguar, will be released in

THE RETURN by Michael Gruber
Released: Sept. 3, 2013

"Thrilling and compulsively readable."
After being diagnosed with a fatal brain condition, a seemingly mild-mannered New York book editor heads to Mexico for a violent confrontation with his past. Read full book review >
THE GOOD SON by Michael Gruber
Released: May 1, 2010

"Smart, tense and vastly entertaining. "
A son reconnects with his past as he goes to astonishing lengths to save his mother from the radicals who have kidnapped her. Read full book review >
THE FORGERY OF VENUS by Michael Gruber
Released: April 1, 2008

"Fast, frightening and, as usual, richly imagined."
The stupendous talent of an otherwise wasted illustrator pushes him to the edge of madness and leads to the creation of an original work by a master who has been dead for centuries. Read full book review >
Released: April 1, 2007

"A wonderful story with absolutely superb casting."
Encoded Jacobean documents suggest the existence of an un-produced Shakespeare play written in the bard's own hand. There is, as one would expect, considerable interest in the location of that work. Read full book review >
NIGHT OF THE JAGUAR by Michael Gruber
Released: April 4, 2006

"Gruber's asking for bigger gulps of disbelief than his fans may be willing to swallow here."
A tiny but powerful South American shaman kicks quite a bit of Miami ass in an effort to protect the rainforest back home. Read full book review >
THE WITCH’S BOY by Michael Gruber
Released: April 1, 2005

Threading recognizable but artfully altered fairy tales throughout, Gruber crafts a hefty bildungsroman that takes an ugly foundling child from dour innocence through an utterly hellish adolescence to joyful maturity. Discovered abandoned in the fork of a tree by the Queen of Air and Darkness herself, Lump grows up alone, in the care of a kindly, dimwitted she-bear assigned to be his nanny by the well-intentioned but very busy and distracted sorceress. He turns out to be a most disagreeable child, spoiled, selfish, quick to anger, as pigheaded as he is pig-featured, and with a cold, closed heart that refuses to acknowledge or return any kindness—even after his foster mother sacrifices nearly all of her powers in payment for his misdeeds. After several wild reversals of fortune, capped by a disastrous infatuation with a certain miller's beautiful but empty-headed daughter, the scales do fall from Lump's eyes at last, allowing him to mend fences with his patient mother, and to find real love with Bluebeard's blind daughter. One of the least sympathetic characters readers will ever meet in literature, Lump is going to make many a teen, preteen or for that matter, parent uncomfortable—and there's plenty of grist for fans of Donna Jo Napoli's fairy tale psychodramas, too. (Fantasy. 12+)Read full book review >
VALLEY OF THE BONES by Michael Gruber
Released: Jan. 4, 2005

"No second-novel slump here. Gruber has drawn even with John Sandford and has power to spare."
Afro-Cuban Miami detective Iago Paz, policeman, chef, and heartthrob hero of Gruber's superb 2003 debut (Tropic of Night), returns to sort out the defenestration of a spectacularly nasty Sudanese petro-thug. Read full book review >
TROPIC OF NIGHT by Michael Gruber
Released: March 4, 2003

"Monstrously entertaining."
An aristocratic anthropologist's field leads out of academia and into African "magic." Read full book review >