Katherine Neville (author)

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Katherine Neville
BornMissouri, United States
GenreQuest / Adventure fiction
Notable worksThe Eight, The Fire
SpouseKarl H. Pribram

Katherine Neville is an 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.


Katherine Neville was born in the midwest and attended college in Colorado, 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.[2]

In the 1970s Neville was an international 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.[2]

In 1980, she moved to San Francisco and became a vice president at Bank of America.[2] After publication of her first book (The Eight), she moved to Europe, living in Vienna, Austria, and northern Germany. She was married to the late neuroscientist Karl H. Pribram. In the 1990s Neville and Pribram moved to Virginia and Washington, DC.[2] She was featured in the Washington Post for reviving Teruo Hara's storied house.[3]


Neville's novels have been compared with the works of Alexandre Dumas, Umberto Eco, Charles Dickens, and Steven Spielberg.[2] Her books have been translated into more than forty languages, with more than 8 million printed copies in over 80 countries, and have appeared on bestseller lists across the globe.[4]

International bestseller The Eight was voted in a national poll by the Spanish journal El País as one of the top ten books of all time.[4] The Eight was also selected for inclusion in International Thriller Writer's (ITW) anthology Thrillers: 100 Must-Reads, a wide-ranging collection that "goes deep inside the most notable thrillers published over the centuries."[5] The novel continues to rank on Top 100 Lists decades later including Amazon's "100 Mysteries & Thrillers to Read in a Lifetime,"[6] Penguin-Random House's "Best Thrillers of All Time"[7] and NPR's “Audience Picks: 100 Best Killer Thrillers.”[8]

A Calculated Risk was selected as a NY Times Notable Book for 1992.[9] Newgate Callendar of the NY Times Book Review said the novel "churns up wave after wave of excitement."

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 much anticipated 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]

Year Novel Acclaim Notes
1988 The Eight International bestseller
1992 A Calculated Risk NY Times Notable Book
1998 The Magic Circle
2008 The Fire NY Times Bestseller Sequel to The Eight


  1. ^ A conversation with Katherine Neville http://www.randomhouse.com/features/magiccircle/conversation.html
  2. ^ a b c d e Katherine Neville Official Site - Biography, Accessed August 31, 2010.
  3. ^ 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
  4. ^ a b Katherine Neville Official Site-The Books. Archived from the original on December 26, 2013. Accessed November 24, 2014
  5. ^ "Thrillers: 100 Must-Reads". www.amazon.com. Retrieved 2019-09-11.
  6. ^ "100 Mysteries & Thrillers to Read in a Lifetime". www.amazon.com. Retrieved 2019-10-02.
  7. ^ "Best Thrillers of All Time | Penguin Random House". PenguinRandomhouse.com. Retrieved 2019-10-02.
  8. ^ "Audience Picks: Top 100 'Killer Thrillers'". NPR.org. Retrieved 2019-10-02.
  9. ^ "Notable Books of the Year 1992". The New York Times.
  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

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