ABOUT Gary Ponzo

Gary Ponzo
I'm an author of numerous published short stories, including two which were nominated for a Pushcart Prize.  My novel, "A Touch of Deceit" won the Southwest Writers Award, Thriller category. 



FBI agent Nick Bracco can't stop a Kurdish terrorist from firing missiles at random homes across the country.  The police can't stand watch over every household, so Bracco recruits his cousin Tommy to help track down this terrorist.  Tommy, however, is in the Mafia. Oh yeah, it gets messy fast. 


When I was 16 I worked in my father's candy store in Brooklyn. Because we were Sicilian, we were chosen by certain Sicilian Family members to be the contact point for their bookies to play the numbers. This was before the lottery and the Mafia used to pay 500-1 for anyone who chose the last 3 numbers of the horse tracks handle for the next day. Anyway I got to know these characters close up. Because of our heritage they treated me and my father like royalty. They protected our store. Other small businesses would be broken into on occasion, but never ours. When it came time to write my novel, I found it easy to incorporate the Mafia into the narrative. It felt comfortable. That's where Nick Bracco was born. A Sicilian FBI agent who's comfortable within the world of the Mafia.

Winner of the Southwest Writers Award, Thriller category.  Writer Judith Pearson, author of, "Belly of the Beast," and "Wolves at the Door," said, "A Touch of Deceit," is the best thriller she's ever read.