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General Information

Name:  Robert D. Zimmerman  

Pen Name: RD Zimmerman, Robert Alexander

Genre: Fiction

Audience: Adult;

Born: 1952 in Chicago, Illinois

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Zimmerman was born and raised in Chicago.

Biographical and Professional Information

Robert D. Zimmerman is an author of mysteries, psychological thrillers, and historical fiction. He studied Russian in college. After graduating, he worked in the Soviet Union for the US Information Service. His historical fiction are Russian themed and written under the pen name Robert Alexander. His book, ''The Kitchen Boy'', is soon to become a major motion picture. Oscar-winning screenwriter Sir Ronald Harwood (''The Pianist'', ''The Diving Bell and the Butterfly,'' ''Quartet'') has written the script, and Stefan Ruzowitzky, who won Best Foreign Language Oscar in 2008 for ''The Counterfeiters'', will direct. Kristin Scott Thomas will star as Tsarina Alexandra Romanov in the fictionalized tale of the tumultuous final ruling days of Tsar Nicholas II before he and his family were banished to Siberia.Zimmerman currently resides in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Published Works

    Todd Mills series
  • Closet, Delta, 1995
  • Tribe, Delta, 1996
  • Hostage, Delta, 1997
  • Outburst, Delta, 1998
  • Innuendo, Delta, 1999Alex & Maddy Phillips series
  • Death Trance, Morrow, 1992
  • Blood Trance, Morrow, 1993
  • Red Trance, Morrow, 1994Russian series - written under the pen name Robert Alexander
  • The Kitchen Boy: A Novel of the Last Tsar, Penguin, 2004
  • Rasputin's Daughter, Penguin, 2006
  • The Romanov Bride: A Novel, Penguin, 2009Other books
  • The Cross and the Sickle, Avon, 1984
  • The Red Encounter, Avon, 1986
  • Murder Most Artful, Lombard, 1987
  • Blood Russian, Ballantine, 1987
  • Mindscream, Donald Fine, 1989
  • Deadfall in Berlin, Donald Fine, 1990

Selected Titles At Your Library

Closet /
ISBN: 0385320043. OCLC Number:

Delta Trade Paperbacks,. New York, N.Y. :. 1997, ©1995.

When his secret gay lover is killed during a series of grisly murders, Emmy Award-winning news reporter Todd Mills finds that everything he has worked for is threatened and desperately seeks the truth.

Tribe /
ISBN: 0385320027. OCLC Number:

Delta Trade Paperbacks,. New York, N.Y. :. 1997, ©1996.

When his former college girlfriend--who like him, is gay--re-enters Todd's life, she brings mystery and danger and also reawakens the twenty-year-old memory of the death of one of his fraternity brothers.

Hostage /
ISBN: 0385318928. OCLC Number:

Delacorte Press,. New York, N.Y. :. ©1997.

In Minneapolis, TV reporter Todd Mills covers the abduction of a congressman by AIDS victims, incensed by the congressman's proposal to cut funding for AIDS research. The group plans to infect the congressman with their blood.

Outburst /
ISBN: 0385323751. OCLC Number:

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Two gay men, one a journalist, the other a detective, team up to find the murderer of a gay policeman in Minneapolis. A portrait of the city's gay community by the author of Hostage.

Innuendo /
ISBN: 0385319266. OCLC Number:

Dell,. New York :. 2000, ©1999.

Gay detective Steve Rawlins of Minneapolis investigates the murder of a homosexual, suspecting a Hollywood actor. But is his suspicion based on detection or emotion? The actor stole Rawlins' lover.

Death trance :
ISBN: 0688114512. OCLC Number:

Morrow,. New York :. ©1992.

Maddie Phillips, a forensic psychiatrist, tries to help her brother Alex search for the murderer of his lover, Toni.

Blood trance /
ISBN: 068812139X. OCLC Number:

Wm. Morrow,. New York :. ©1993.

Maddy and Alex try to solve the mystery of the murder of an evil stepmother.

The kitchen boy /
ISBN: 0142003816. OCLC Number:

Viking,. New York :. 2003.

Presents a novel based on the 1918 Bolshevik revolutionary murder of Czar Nicholas II and the rest of the Russian royal family as told from the perspective of the event's only surviving witness, a young kitchen boy.

Rasputin's daughter /
ISBN: 0143038656. OCLC Number:

Viking,. New York :. 2006.

This novel is a fictionalized account of the mysterious life and death of the notorious Rasputin, as told by his daughter, Maria. Rasputin was a Russian mystic and adviser to the Romanovs, the Russian imperial family. In this story, Maria is interrogated by the provisional government on the details of her father's death, Maria vividly recounts a politically tumultuous Russia, where her father's powerful influence over the throne is unsettling to all levels of society and the threats to his life are no secret. With vast conspiracies mounting against her father, Maria must struggle with the discovery of Rasputin's true nature -- his unbridled carnal appetites, mysterious relationship with the empress, and rumors of involvement in secret religious cults -- to save her father from his murderers. Swept away in a plot much larger than the death of one man, Maria finds herself on the cusp of the Russian Revolution itself.

The Romanov bride /
ISBN: 0143115073. OCLC Number:

Viking,. New York :. 2008.

Pavel, a vengeance-seeking villager, joins an underground group that assassinates the grand duke of Russia, irrevocably affecting the life purpose of his widow, Elisavyeta.

The cross and the sickle /
ISBN: 0821713124. OCLC Number:

Kensington Pub. Corp.,. New York :. 1984, ©1983.

The red encounter /
ISBN: 0380750511. OCLC Number:

Avon,. New York, N.Y. :. ©1986.

Mindscream /
ISBN: 1556111371. OCLC Number:

D.I. Fine,. New York :. ©1989.

Deadfall in Berlin /
ISBN: 155611222X. OCLC Number:

DIF,. New York :. ©1990.



  • Lambda Literary Award for Gay Men's Mystery, 1995
  • Outburst

  • Lambda Literary Award for Gay Men's Mystery, 1998

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