Author Gary Ponzo began his writing career thirty years ago by writing short stories. In just five years he'd published seven short stories in various publications, two of which were nominated for the very prestigious Pushcart Prize. His first novel, "A Touch of Deceit," is a story born from his childhood experiences working in his father's candy store in Brooklyn, NY. His father was Sicilian and became friendly with some local members of a different kind of Sicilian family. Since Gary was just fifteen at the time, these family members would make sure he was protected whenever he would work late at night by himself. He soon discovered a side to the Mafia not many people knew. It was these relationships which caused him to write about Sicilian FBI agent, Nick Bracco, who recruits his Mafia cousin to chase down the world's most feared terrorist. "A Touch of Deceit," went on to win the 2009 Southwest Writers Novel Contest. He is currently working on the 8th book in the Nick Bracco series as well as trying to create world peace in his spare time. Gary currently lives in Phoenix, Arizona with his wife Jennifer and two children, Jessica and Kyle.Read more Read less
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