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Gayle Lynds

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Omaha, Nebraska, The United States



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New York Times bestseller Gayle Lynds is the award-winning author of ten international espionage novels. Library Journal calls her “the reigning queen of espionage fiction.” The London Observer says she’s a “kick-ass thriller writer.” Lee Child calls her “today’s best espionage writer.”

Born in Omaha, NE, and raised in Council Bluffs, IA, Gayle graduated from the University of Iowa with a degree in journalism. While there, she often sneaked into classes and readings at the renowned Iowa Writers’ Workshop. She was blessed by remarkable teachers — among them were John Irving in rhetoric and Kurt Vonnegut in a literature class. For her, the university was a lively petri dish of books, writing, and adventure.

Gayle officially began her writing


Are you ruthless? Trustworthy? Cool-headed? Take this Spy-Q quiz to find out if you've got what it takes, then read about a few of my favorite spies.


Antonio Mendez, Ex-CIA

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Published on June 27, 2016 08:26 Tags: spies, spy-q, thrillers
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Gayle Lynds Hi Ed ... It's good to hear from you. I hope it's a good deployment. I really appreciate your service. If you ever can get snail mail there, please let me know and I'll send a box of paperbacks. warm regards, Gayle

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Ed Kovacs Thanks once again, Gayle, for the friendship. I loved reading about your journey to letters and words and big ideas.
I left a hardback of yours in my hangar home in Cali because I had to travel light for this deployment. A Kindle is on order! But there are no books here and no mail delivery so the slow Internet connection is my lifeline. I will miss my own book launch, and that kind of sucks, but like you, I'm very very grateful for my life. Cheers, Ed

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