Gene Riehl was an FBI agent for more than twenty years, serving in Washington, D.C., San Antonio, Texas, and San Diego, California. As an agent he worked virtually every category of federal crime - including kidnapping, extortion, bank robbery, major art and jewelry thefts, and organized crime - but he specialized in undercover assignments, foreign-counterintelligence and counterespionage.
After a three-year deep undercover assignment in a major American city, he was assigned to a Special Operations Group (SOG), an off-site team that conducted special surveillances, short-term undercover operations, and provided support for sensitive wiretap investigations. The four years Riehl spent with the SOG are the basis for his television project BLACK OPS:FBI, which is in development in Hollywood.
His first novel, QUANTICO RULES, an FBI thriller from St. Martin’s Press, was released in hardcover in August, 2003, and in paperback in June, 2004. His second St. Martin’s thriller, SLEEPER, hit the bookstores in March, 2005. with the paperback following in 2006. QUANTICO RULES has also been released by publishing houses in France and China, and was a July, 2004, selection of Le Grand Livre du Mois, the premier French book-of-the-month club in Paris.
Gene Riehl lives in La Jolla, California with his wife Diane and their two Australian Shepherds Rocky and Travis McGee.