Anthony Bruno’s big break as a writer came when his crime novel BAD GUYS was published in hardcover. BAD GUYS is the first in a series of novels (BAD BLOOD, BAD LUCK, BAD BUSINESS, BAD MOON, and BAD APPLE) about FBI agents Mike Tozzi and Cuthbert Gibbons, odd-couple partners whose prime targets are New York and New Jersey wiseguys. Basing his stories on actual Mafia figures and their criminal activities, Bruno pioneered the territory that made The Sopranos a monster hit. Rave reviews compared him to Elmore Leonard and Donald Westlake. People magazine called Gibbons and Tozzi “the best fictional cop duo around.”
He turned to non-fiction for his next project. THE ICEMAN: THE TRUE STORY OF A COLD-BLOODED KILLER is an in-depth profile of convicted murderer Richard Kuklinski, who claimed to have killed over 100 people. Kuklinski was dubbed “the Iceman” when one of his victims was found in the woods on a summer day, his heart frozen solid. Kuklinski had stored the man’s body in an ice-cream truck for two years before dumping it in order to disguise the time of death. In researching this book, Bruno corresponded with Kuklinski extensively and interviewed him in prison–locked in a room alone with the killer, no glass partition separating them, no guards in sight.
For his next fiction series, he created a new law-enforcement duo, parole officers Loretta Kovacs and Frank Marvelli of the New Jersey Parole Violators Search Unit. Loretta and Marvelli made their debut in DEVIL’S FOOD in which zaftig Loretta goes undercover at a Florida fat farm in order to nab a crafty embezzler. The second book in the series, DOUBLE ESPRESSO, was nominated for an Anthony Award. The last entry, HOT FUDGE, takes Loretta and Marvelli into the world of gourmet ice cream and kinky sex as they track down a criminal opportunist who’s looking to add murder to his extensive rap sheet.
THE SEEKERS: A BOUNTY HUNTER’S STORY recounts the life and adventures of America’s most unique and most successful bounty hunter, Joshua Armstrong, the leader of the Seekers, an elite Mission: Impossible-style team whose most effective weapon is their spirituality. THE SEEKERS was nominated for the Edgar Award for Best Fact Crime book.
In February 2004, a television movie adaptation of his novel BAD APPLE, starring and produced by actor Chris Noth, premiered on TNT.
THE ICEMAN was released as a feature film in 2013, starring Michael Shannon, Winona Ryder, Chris Evans, and Ray Liotta. IMMORTAL MONSTER is the backstory to his writing the book.
THE ROPPONGI STALKER, a Kindle Single, is the bizarre true story of Joji Obara, modern Japan’s most heinous killer.
Bruno is married to Judith Sachs, and they have a remarkable daughter, Mia.
Bruno is also a 4th-degree black belt in aikido. He practices and teaches at Philadelphia Aikido.