Acclaimed Novelist Michael Gruber Arrives Again with a Stunning Thriller, “The Return”

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New York Times bestselling and Stephen King praised author Michael Gruber, shares insights into his writing and talks with about “The Return,” an exclusive audiobook from Blackstone Audio.

The Return by Michael Gruber

The Return by Michael Gruber

Gruber has a gift for seamlessly combining the visceral with the cerebral, without any degradation of quality on either side of the coin.—Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

New York Times and award-winning author Michael Gruber talks with about his stunning new thriller, “The Return,” available in audiobook exclusively from Blackstone Audio. In this interview Gruber shares the development of the storyline and his main character, Richard Marder. He also discusses his interest in writing about Mexico and the cultures, gives insight into his preparation for writing about social issues and tells of how his life and science background influence his novels. The audiobook format of “The Return,” narrated by Jonathan Davis, is published by Blackstone Audio, Inc., and available now on

Library Journal named “The Return” as one of its “Four Commercial Blockbusters” for September 2013 and the Denver Post called Gruber the “Stephen King of crime writing.” Gruber also received accolades for his previous novel, “The Good Son,” which was lauded by Stephen King as his favorite book of 2012, advising President Obama, in the pages of Entertainment Weekly, to read it.

“Gruber has a gift for seamlessly combining the visceral with the cerebral, without any degradation of quality on either side of the coin…Like Gruber’s other books, this novel puts the work of other thriller writers to shame and raises the quality bar for the genre to a precipitously high level,” said Kirkus Reviews in a starred review of “The Return.”

“Michael Gruber gives fans of the thriller genre exactly what they are looking for, and the audiobook brings an even deeper dimension to the story he writes,” said Charity McGregor, Publicist. “We are pleased to feature Michael Gruber as one of the authors in our interview series and we anticipate great success with the audiobook of ‘The Return’.” In this interview, conducted by award-winning narrator Malcolm Hillgartner, Gruber also talks about his first book “Tropic of Night,” what inspires his stories and how writing has always been a part of his life.

“The Return” and other Michael Gruber audiobooks are available now on Blackstone’s retail site,

Michael Gruber, a former marine biologist, restaurant cook, federal government official, and political speechwriter, traveled a fascinating path toward his latest occupation as the bestselling author of critically acclaimed thrillers such as “The Book of Air and Shadows.”

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