Carl Vonderau

Carl Vonderau, author, book jacket photo


Carl grew up in Cleveland in a religious family that believed that God could heal all illness. No wonder he escaped to California. He attended Stanford University and discovered a whole new world. Carl graduated in economics and then studied music at San Jose State. His parents were not thrilled with the music. Much to their relief, he became a banker. That career enabled him to live and work in Latin America, Canada, and North Africa. He’s put his foot in his mouth in Spanish, French and Portuguese. He also became a dual U.S. and Canadian citizen. His debut thriller, MURDERABILIA, won Left Coast Crime and San Diego Book awards. SAVING MYLES, his second novel, was published in August, 2023 and won the American BookFest award for Best Mystery/Suspense. Nonprofit work also inspires him. He is the president of Partners in Crime, The San Diego chapter of the Sisters in Crime organization of authors and fans of crime writing. Additionally, he works with San Diego Social Venture Partners, an organization that mentors other nonprofits. Carl lives with his wife in San Diego. His two grown sons are close by and wonder how he knows so much about serial killers and banking crimes.


Left Coast Crime Best Debut

San Diego Book Award Best Mystery

American BookFest Best Mystery/Suspense




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