Zvi Zaks published his first novel at age 68, proving that it’s never too late to do what you love. A Most Malignant Spirit is his third book.
Zvi still works at his day job as a physician (internist, not hematologist) in the San Francisco Bay area, but only half time so as to leave more opportunity for writing. He has a band, The KLEZMANIACS (“We play for weddings, Bar Mitzvahs, and circumcisions -- on the cutting edge of Jewish music), and is looking for musicians to join him. With any luck, in the near future, Zvi, his wife, and two dogs will move to San Diego where the grandbaby lives.
Zvi has personal familiarity with most of the localities mentioned in A Most Malignant Spirit. He was born in Philadelphia, did research in the Los Angeles area, and toured St, Barts hospital in London while it was still active. Also, he’s spent a lot of time in Israel teaching resident doctors. The descriptions of Jerusalem, the Dead Sea and Masada are from his own visits to those areas. Much of the description of the concentration camp including the ‘McDonald’s Dachau’ sign comes from his website http://home.comcast.net/~fiddlerzvi/Dachau.html