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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Kevin Guilfoile  

Pen Name: None


Audience: Adult;

Born: 1968 in Teaneck, New Jersey

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Illinois Connection

Guilfoile lives in Chicago.

Biographical and Professional Information

Guilfoile is a best-selling author. His novels, ''Cast of Shadows'' and ''The Thousand'' are both set in Chicago and have been translated into more than 20 languages. He graduated from The University of Notre Dame in 1990. He was a founding partner of the Chicago design firm ''Coudal Partners'', and a creative director at that company for 11 years. Guilfoile's first novel Guilfoile is a contributor to ''The Morning News'', ''McSweeney's Quarterly Concern'' and ''McSweeney's Internet Tendency''. His essays have appeared in ''The New York Times Magazine'', ''The New Republic'', and ''''. His work has been included in anthologies ''Mirth of a Nation'', ''101 Damnations'', ''Chicago Noir'', and ''Chicago Blues''.

Published Works Expand for more information

Titles At Your Library

My First Presidentiary : A Scrapbook by George W. Bush
ISBN: 0609808184

Three Rivers Press. 2001

Offers a satirical look into George W. Bush's faux scrapbook that shows Bush how to respond if Cheney has a heart attack and how to handle the media, and reveals his letters to his pen pal Hector, Fidel Castro, and his brother, Jeb.

Cast of Shadows: A Novel
ISBN: 1400078261

Vintage. 2006

This icily innovative thriller begins with every parent’s worst nightmare, when Davis Moore’s teenage daughter is brutally raped and murdered by an unknown assailant. It gets worse. For Davis Moore is a fertility doctor, dealing with cutting-edge genetic reproductive techniques. It’s a controversial and dangerous occupation: Moore has already been the object of a fanatic’s assassination attempt. But for a father driven half-mad by grief, his work presents one startling and dangerous opportunity–the chance to look into the face of his daughter’s killer.

ISBN: 0141021926

Penguin. 2006

The Thousand
ISBN: 1400043093

Knopf. 2010

Kevin Guilfoile’s riveting follow-up to Cast of Shadows (“spellbinding”—Chicago Tribune “a masterpiece of intelligent plotting”—Salon) centers on an extraordinary young woman’s race to find her father’s killer and to free herself from the cross fire of a centuries-old civil war in which she has unknowingly become ensnared.

In 530 B.C., a mysterious ship appeared off the rainy shores of Croton, in what is now Italy. After three days the skies finally cleared and a man disembarked to address the curious and frightened crowd that had gathered along the wet sands. He called himself Pythagoras. Exactly what he said that day is unknown, but a thousand men and women abandoned their lives and families to follow him. They became a community. A school. A cult dedicated to the search for a mathematical theory of everything. Although Pythagoras would die years later, following a bloody purge, his disciples would influence Western philosophy, science, and mathematics for all time.

Chicago, the present day. Canada Gold, a girl both gifted and burdened by uncanny mental abilities, is putting her skills to questionable use in the casinos and courthouses of Las Vegas when she finds herself drawn back to the city in which her father, the renowned composer Solomon Gold, was killed while composing his magnum opus. Beautiful, brilliant, troubled, Canada has never heard of the Thousand, a clandestine group of powerful individuals safeguarding and exploiting the secret teachings of Pythagoras. But as she struggles to understand her father’s unsolved murder, she finds herself caught in the violence erupting between members of the fractured ancient cult while she is relentlessly pursued by those who want to use her, those who want to kill her, and the one person who wants to save her.

In an irresistibly ambitious novel that fuses historical fact with contemporary suspense, Kevin Guilfoile delivers an erudite, propulsively entertaining thriller that seamlessly traverses the realms of math, science, music, and philosophy. The Thousand is ringing confirmation of Guilfoile’s enormous talent.


Chicago Tribune Best Book for ''Cast of Shadows'', 2005 Kansas City Star Best Book for ''Cast of Shadows'', 2005 Best Debut Novel for ''Love is Murder'', 2005

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