Gary Goldstein / Kensington Publishing

Gary Goldstein started his editorial career at Crown Publishing in 1986. He spent two years at Bantam Doubleday Dell (which then became Bertelsmann AG and is now Penguin Random House) from 1988-1990.

He joined Putnam Berkley Publishing in May 1990. Following his stint at Berkley, in 1997 he moved on to Simon & Schuster’s Pocket Books division, where one of his acquisitions was a little novel titled Angels and Demons by Dan Brown.

He rejoined Penguin USA in 2000 (Alpha Books division, as a senior editor for the popular series The Complete Idiot’s Guides, a job for which, many said, he was perfectly suited).

In October 2003, he joined Kensington Publishing Group, where as Editorial Director he acquires and edits fiction for their Pinnacle Books imprint (mysteries, thrillers, westerns, and suspense), among them NY Times and USA Today bestselling authors William W. Johnstone, Marc Cameron, A.J. Tata, Tim Washburn, and many others. Fourteen of the many westerns he has edited were winners of the Spur Award from the Western Writers of America, and in 2009 he was awarded the Homestead Award from the WWA for his many contributions to western publishing.

On the non-fiction side, Gary specializes in books about organized crime and the Mafia, including The Big Heist by Pulitzer Prize-winner Tony DeStefano, and CHIN: The Life and Crimes of Mafia Boss Vincent Gigante, by Larry McShane.

A lifelong New Yorker, he currently resides in Manhattan. He is not a member of the Mafia because he is not Italian.

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