Carl Vonderau

Carl Vonderau will be making a presentation to Partners in Crime San Diego to talk about his new book, Saving Myles, as well as the challenge of creating emotion in thrillers.

Curtis Ippolito a member of the San Diego board, will interview him. I hope you can tune in.


Wade, a respected commercial loan officer, and his estranged wife, Fiona, make the unbearable decision to send their son to an expensive treatment center for behavioral problems. But after he returns home, the teenager sneaks off to Tijuana to score drugs and is kidnapped.

When the ransom call comes, Fiona is frantic and accepts help from André, the Quebecois whose charity Fiona runs. André is married to a Mexican woman and is a former kidnap victim himself. Wade is wary of André’s reputation and the bank he owns. But seeing no other way to secure a kidnap negotiator or the ransom, he swallows his doubts to get his son home.

Myles safely returns only to fall in love with André’s daughter. As Wade and André’s families become more enmeshed, agents from the FBI and DEA pressure Wade to bring down André’s bank and the cartel family behind it. Wade doesn’t feel in danger until his colleague is murdered in Tijuana. Now he has to do whatever it takes to save his family.

BIO: Carl Vonderau is an award-winning author of crime fiction. As a child growing up in Cleveland, he loved to write. His ghost stories scared the bejesus out of other kids. But it took a long time to become a full-time author. He left Cleveland to study at Stanford, then spent more than thirty years as a banker in the U.S., Latin America, and North Africa. Those international settings were sources of inspiration for his books. His first novel, Murderabilia was published in 2019 and won a Left Coast Crime award for Best Debut, and a San Diego Book award for Best Mystery. His second novel, Saving Myles, was published in August, 2023. Find out more about Carl at:


When: Saturday, November 11 at 2:00 pm, Pacific Time.

Where: Virtually. Go to register through the link below: