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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Robert D. Zimmerman  

Pen Name: RD Zimmerman, Robert Alexander

Genre: C:ADULT Fiction

Born: 1952 in Chicago, Illinois


Illinois Connection

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.

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-- '''''Closet''''' *Lambda Literary Award for Gay Men's Mystery, 1995 '''''Outburst''''' *Lambda Literary Award for Gay Men's Mystery, 1998