Gérard de Villiers

Perhaps the name Gérard de Villiers doesn’t yet resonate with U.S. audiences in the same way that Ian Fleming does. Internationally, de Villiers is on par with the Bond creator in terms of book sales and name recognition. And now, with the paperback release of The Madmen of Benghazi, Vintage Books plans to rectify the situation as we introduce American readers to de Villiers’s trademark style of espionage fiction. De Villiers is one of the world’s most popular spy thriller writers. His 200 novels featuring the adventurous Austrian nobleman and freelance CIA operative Malko Linge have sold upwards of 120 million copies worldwide. But what sets him apart from other writers in the genre is authenticity: his plots are drawn from real-life intelligence secrets, seem plucked from the headlines, and have at times been eerily prophetic.

Gérard de Villiers was born in Paris on December 8, 1929. Writing was in his blood: his father was a playwright, writing under the pseudonym Jacques Deval. De Villiers himself attended two of France’s most respected schools: The Institut d'études politiques de Paris, the highly selective political science university; and the École supérieure...

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