Katherine Neville (author)

Katherine Neville is a NY Times, USA Today & #1 Internationally bestselling American author who writes adventure/quest novels. Her novels include The Eight (1988), A Calculated Risk (1992), The Magic Circle (1998)[1] and The Fire (2008), which is a sequel to The Eight.[2]

Katherine Neville
BornMissouri, United States
GenreQuest / Adventure fiction
Notable worksThe Eight, The Fire, The Magic Circle, A Calculated Risk
SpouseDr. Karl Pribram


Katherine Neville was born in the midwest and attended university in Colorado, later doing postgraduate studies in African literature. She then moved to New York City and began a career in the computer field working for IBM in transportation and energy.[3]

In the 1970s Neville was an international data processing consultant to the Algerian government, and in the late 1970s she went to work at the Department of Energy's nuclear research site in Idaho. In between jobs and during school, she supported herself as a painter and a model. This experience led her to develop her own photography skills and eventually start a photography business in Colorado, which she ran for several years.[3]

In 1980, she moved to San Francisco and became a vice president at Bank of America.[3] After publication of her first book (The Eight), she moved to Europe, living in Vienna, Austria, and northern Germany, with her spouse, the late neuroscientist, Dr. Karl Pribram. In the 1990s Neville and Pribram moved to Virginia and Washington, DC.[3] Her restoration of renowned potter Teruo Hara's home and studio was featured in The Washington Post.[4]


Neville's novels have been compared with the works of Alexandre Dumas, Umberto Eco, Charles Dickens, and Steven Spielberg.[3] Her books have been translated into forty languages and are in print in over 80 countries. Neville’s books have appeared on bestseller lists and received multiple awards and honors around the world.[5]

Year Novel Print Ebook Audio
1988 The Eight Random House / Ballantine

(Trade ISBN 9780345419088 & Mass Market 9780345366238)

Open Road Random House Audio
1992 A Calculated Risk Random House / Ballantine

(Mass Market 9780345386823)

Open Road
1998 The Magic Circle Random House / Ballantine

(Mass Market 9780345423139)

Open Road Random House Audio / BDD


2008 The Fire Random House / Ballantine

(Trade Paperback 9780345500687)

Open Road Random House Audio

Short Stories and Chapters[6]Edit

  • Acqua Vitae (in Romantic Times Booklovers: The Haunted West). November 12, 2018.
  • Cuba Libre (in Mystery Writers of America: Ice Cold: Tales of Intrigue from the Cold War. Edited by Jeffery Deaver & Raymond Benson). April 1, 2014.
  • The Lunar Society (in The Mystery Writers of America: The Mystery Box. Edited by Brad Meltzer). January 1, 2013.
  • En Passant (in Masters of Technique. Edited by Howard Goldowsky). June 16, 2010.
  • The Tuesday Club (in Thriller: Stories to Keep you Up All Night. Edited by James Patterson). June 1, 2006.
  • Chapter 13 (in I’d Kill for That, a serial novel. Edited by Marcia Talley). May 1, 2004.
  • The Yi-Ching: A Yarrow-ing Experience (in I Should Have Stayed Home: The Worst Trips of Great Writers. Edited by R. Rapoport & M. Castanera). October 1, 1994.
  • La Bellini's Favors (in Sisters in Crime 4. Edited by Marilyn Wallace). January 1, 1991.

Essays and Forewords[6]Edit

  • Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket” (in Thrillers: 100 Must Reads. Edited by David Morrell and Hank Wagner). July 5, 2010.
  • Foreword to Turning the Solomon Key by Robert Lomas. September 1, 2007.


The Eight garnered international acclaim upon its release and continues to be ranked as a top thriller novel. Publishers Weekly said, “Even readers with no interest in chess will be swept up into this astonishing fantasy-adventure… Neville has great fun rewriting history and making it all ring true. With two believable heroines, nonstop suspense, espionage, murder, and a puzzle that seems the key to the whole Western mystical tradition, this spellbinder soars above the level of first-rate escapist entertainment.” The Washington Post called The Eight “A feminist answer to Raiders of the Lost Ark." The Boston Herald lauded the novel as “The female counterpart to Umberto Eco’s The Name of the Rose… Impossible to put down.”[7]

A Calculated Risk was selected as a NY Times Notable Book for 1992.[8] Newgate Callendar of the NY Times Book Review said, “Never a dull moment, and Ms Neville makes it all the more plausible because of her intimate knowledge of how international banking works. She plots well and takes the reader through the intrigues and backbiting of immense corporations…[A Calculated Risk] churns up wave after wave of excitement."[9]

Booklist called The Magic Circle "compelling" and noted that "fans of that emerging subgenre —– the millennial thriller —- will want to add this one to their reading list.”[10] Beth Dora Reisberg of January Magazine termed The Magic Circle a "tour de force."[11]

The Fire, Neville's sequel to The Eight, topped bestseller lists internationally and quickly became a NY Times Bestseller. In a 2008 review in The Independent of London, Barry Forshaw declared that The Fire was much better than The Da Vinci Code.[12] The Chicago Sun-Times stated, "Katherine Neville’s follow up to The Eight, a cult classic that impressed many readers as a more intelligent and literary precursor to Dan Brown’s The DaVinci Code. . . The Fire impresses as much for its literary aspects as it does for its action, puzzles and suspense . . . This is a book to be savored as it’s read, and admired for the beauty of its accomplishment.”[13]

Neville’s books have been bestsellers in many countries, and appeared on many bestseller lists in United States, including: USA Today, NY Times, Publishers Weekly, Wall Street Journal, Indie List, Seattle Times, San Francisco Chronicle, Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, St Paul Pioneer Press, and Denver Post.[14]

Awards and HonorsEdit

  • 1988: Katherine Neville received the first full-page interview given to an unpublished author, in Publishers Weekly.[15]
  • 1989: The Eight was chosen "Critics' Choice" by the editors of People Magazine.[16]
  • 1992: A Calculated Risk was selected a New York Times "Notable Book of the Year."[17]
  • 1990: The Eight received the award for "Best Historic Fiction" from the editors of Romantic Times Magazine.[18]
  • 1991: Katherine Neville was the invited keynote speaker at the prestigious Âteneo de Madrid.[19]
  • 1999: The Eight, in a national readers' poll by the noted Spanish journal El Pais, was voted one of the top ten books of all time.[20]
  • 2000: Katherine Neville was awarded the Turkish Cultural Ministry's Medallion of Merit.[21]
  • 2009: Neville was awarded the prestigious Silver Nautilus Book Award for Visionary Fiction for her novel, The Fire (sequel to The Eight.)[22]
  • 2010: The Eight was included by the editors of "Thrillers: 100 Must-Reads" (Oceanview Press) as one of the best one hundred thrillers of all time.[23]
  • 2018: National Public Radio includes The Eight in "Audience Picks: 100 Best Killer Thrillers."[24]
  • 2019: Amazon.com includes The Eight in "100 Mysteries & Thrillers to Read in a Lifetime."[25]

Board Memberships & SponsorshipsEdit


  1. ^ "A Conversation with Katherine Neville". 2007-04-28. Archived from the original on 2007-04-28. Retrieved 2020-04-20.
  2. ^ "Biography". Katherine Neville | NY Times and #1 Internationally Bestselling Author. Retrieved 2020-04-20.
  3. ^ a b c d e Katherine Neville Official Site - Biography, Accessed August 31, 2010.
  4. ^ Macdonald, Christine, Novelist Katherine Neville revives Teruo Hara’s storied Japanese-style house: https://www.washingtonpost.com/realestate/novelist-katherine-neville-revives-teruo-haras-storied-japanese-style-house/2014/01/02/91309fde-458b-11e3-a196-3544a03c2351_story.html
  5. ^ Katherine Neville Official Site-The Books. Archived from the original on December 26, 2013. Accessed November 24, 2014
  6. ^ a b "Katherine Neville Official Site - Other Writings". Katherine Neville. Retrieved 1 August 2020.
  7. ^ "The Eight". Katherine Neville | NY Times and #1 Internationally Bestselling Author. Retrieved 2020-04-20.
  8. ^ "Notable Books of the Year 1992". The New York Times.
  9. ^ Callendar, Newgate (1992-11-15). "Spies & Thrillers". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2020-04-20.
  10. ^ "Reviews". Katherine Neville.
  11. ^ Beth Dora Reisberg http://www.januarymagazine.com/fiction/mcircle.html
  12. ^ Forshaw, B. The Fire https://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/books/reviews/the-fire-by-katherine-neville-1026131.html
  13. ^ "Press for The Fire". Katherine Neville | NY Times and #1 Internationally Bestselling Author. Retrieved 2020-04-21.
  14. ^ "Biography". Katherine Neville | NY Times and #1 Internationally Bestselling Author. Retrieved 2020-04-21.
  15. ^ "Publishers Weekly Interview with Katherine Neville". Katherine Neville | NY Times and #1 Internationally Bestselling Author. 2017-09-05. Retrieved 2020-04-21.
  16. ^ "People - Critics' Choice". Katherine Neville | NY Times and #1 Internationally Bestselling Author. 2020-04-21. Retrieved 2020-04-21.
  17. ^ "Notable Books of the Year 1992". The New York Times. 1992-12-06. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2020-04-21.
  18. ^ "Press for The Eight". Katherine Neville | NY Times and #1 Internationally Bestselling Author. Retrieved 2020-04-21.
  19. ^ "Biography". Katherine Neville | NY Times and #1 Internationally Bestselling Author. Retrieved 2020-04-21.
  20. ^ "El Pais - The Eight". Katherine Neville | NY Times and #1 Internationally Bestselling Author. 2020-04-20. Retrieved 2020-04-20.
  21. ^ "Biography". Katherine Neville | NY Times and #1 Internationally Bestselling Author. Retrieved 2020-04-21.
  22. ^ "The Fire receives The Nautilus Award". Katherine Neville | NY Times and #1 Internationally Bestselling Author. Retrieved 2020-04-20.
  23. ^ "Thrillers: 100 Must Reads – Oceanview Publishing". Retrieved 2020-04-20.
  24. ^ "Audience Picks: Top 100 'Killer Thrillers'". NPR.org. Retrieved 2020-04-20.
  25. ^ "100 Mysteries & Thrillers to Read in a Lifetime". www.amazon.com. Retrieved 2020-04-20.
  26. ^ "Neville-Pribram Mid-Career Educators Awards". library.si.edu. 2014. Retrieved 2020-04-20.
  27. ^ "Author Series: R. L. Stine". library.si.edu. 2019. Retrieved 2020-04-20.
  28. ^ "Library of Virginia | The Mary Lynn Kotz Award". www.lva.virginia.gov. Retrieved 2020-04-20.
  29. ^ "Officers and Committees – International Thriller Writers". thrillerwriters.org. Retrieved 2020-04-20.

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