Culture & Criticism Since 2003
We note Gary Kriss’ new novel because it showcases one of the most layered plots we’ve seen in fiction this year. The story centers around life-long con man David Walker suddenly recast as astrologer Peter Kepler – a man commanded to gain the trust of Hitler’s inner-circle and then inspire Heinrich Himmler to kill the Nazi leader. As the tale unravels into full splendor, the reader is escorted on a journey into the occult, venturing deep into the cool of deception where we come to confront our darkest selves. Kriss’ narrative is at once tight and incisive, and there are many “ah-ha” moments here. The Zodiac Deception marks a remarkable debut by this acclaimed journalist doubling as mentalist, ventriloquist and magician.