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About Ken Morris

Ken Morris first two novels, Man in the Middle and The Deadly Trade, are financial thrillers that drew upon his nearly twenty years at the highest echelons of the financial markets. Man in the Middle was awarded Best Mystery of 2003 by the San Diego Writers Association and was translated into Chinese and sold in mass market on the Mainland. Of The Deadly Trade, the Minneapolis Star Tribune said, "This latest thriller.is too good to pass up."

Ken grew up in the Midwest before moving with his family to Southern California where he attended high school prior to enrolling-during the tale end of the Vietnam War--at the University of California at Santa Barbara. Two years after graduating with a degree in Sociology (and the equivalent of a minor in psychology and mathematics) he attended UCLA where he received a Masters in Business Administration. From there, he moved to New York to work as a stock market trader for Morgan, Stanley. At the age of 31, Ken was promoted to the new position of Head of International Sales and Trading. Within two years he had dozens of people reporting to him in New York, London, Amsterdam, Hong Kong, Singapore, and Tokyo. As his frequent flier miles approached half a million, his influence in international markets grew to the point that the Times of London in 1991 referred to him as "One of Wall Street's trading legends." Ken's career intersected with the famous and infamous, including disgraced junk bond king Michael Milken (Ken witnessed first hand the unraveling of corrupt Drexel Burnham Lambert).

Fed up with the corruption in the financial markets, in 1994, Ken shocked Wall Street and resigned his position as Head of Capital Markets at what was then the largest investment bank in the world and returned to Southern California.

Ken recently finished a third novel, Gun and God, in addition to heading -- with Alaska's most respected blogger Jeanne Devon--the fourteen month long process of bringing Frank Bailey's memoir Blind Allegiance, to fruition.

Ken's additional writing credits include both economic and opinion pieces for the San Francisco Chronicle, the financial publication RealMoney.com, and blogs Mudflats, The Huffington Post, and truthout.org. Ken took part in a national book-tour in 2003 and has appeared on dozens of radio shows as well as national cable (twice on CNBC's Kudlow and Cramer) and local television.

Ken currently has homes in both the San Francisco and San Diego, California areas. With four sons and a wife who is a well-known fund manager, he has managed nearly fifty youth sports teams, including over thirty baseball squads.