Books by Richard Zimler

Richard Zimler was born in Roslyn Heights, a suburb of New York, in 1956. After earning a bachelor’s degree in comparative religion from Duke University (1977) and a master’s degree in journalism from Stanford University (1982), he worked for eight years


THE SEVENTH GATE by Richard Zimler
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 2012

"Adult fiction that counts on readers' ability to draw meaning from cultural signposts such as The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, Greta Garbo and The Magic Mountain. But its plucky heroine gives it young adult appeal as well."
In early 1930s Berlin, with Nazism on the rise, self-possessed 14-year-old Sophie Riedesel joins her kindly Jewish neighbor, Mr. Zarco, in a secret resistance group known as the Ring. When the group's leader is murdered, Sophie dedicates herself to solving the crime, even as her father and boyfriend are signing up with the Nazis. Read full book review >
GUARDIAN OF THE DAWN by Richard Zimler
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 26, 2005

"The weird contrast of Christianity at its most murderous and India at its most sumptuous jars the senses as crime and punishment work their usual spell in this deeply absorbing work."
The Inquisition visits on Portuguese Goa a great terror worthy of Josef Stalin, testing a fragile family to the limit. Read full book review >
HUNTING MIDNIGHT by Richard Zimler
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 2003

"Florid prose but little depth. The adventure and mystery of the second half here hold much more interest than John's coming-of-age."
From Zimler (The Last Kabbalist of Lisbon, 1998, etc.): an earnest and deliberate thriller of family secrets, with historical trappings. Read full book review >
THE ANGELIC DARKNESS by Richard Zimler
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 1999

A disappointing second effort from Zimler (The Last Kabbalist of Lisbon, 1998), who follows up his early success with a lugubrious coming-out tale set in 1980s San Francisco. Read full book review >
THE LAST KABBALIST OF LISBON by Richard Zimler
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 20, 1998

"A bit attenuated, but, on balance, one of the more unusual and interesting first novels of recent vintage."
Despite the recent embrace of Kabbalah as the contemporary celebrity spiritual plaything, it's unlikely that the Hollywood pack will spend many hours studying the intricacies of this willfully arcane first novel by an American writer who lives and teaches in Portugal. Read full book review >