Gary Phillips writes fictional stories of chicanery and
malfeasance in various formats, often drawing on his past experiences. He is
a Los Angeles native, and was born and raised in the then South Central area
of the city. There he was a community activist on issues ranging from police
abuse, the anti-apartheid movement and opposing the contras in Central
America during the Reagan era.
His most current novel is Warlord of Willow Ridge which Booklist said of the work, "Phillips is a veteran crime novelist who creates a plausible postapocalyptic scenario in which the safety of middle-class America can dissolve in a moment. Exciting, violent, and entertaining." He has also written essays for the Robert B. Parker tribute book, In Pursuit of Spenser and for The Wire: Race, Class, and Genre. Currently with Tommy Hancock and Pro Se Press, Philips is co-editing and contributing to Black Pulp, pulp stories featuring black main characters and editing and contributing to a themed linked anthology of short stories, Night of the Insurgents, showcasing America's super spy before Bauer and Borne, Jimmy Christopher, Operator 5, for Moonstone.