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Also writing as John Underwood and E.C. Ayres, Gene Ayres was creator of the hip private eye series, The Tony Lowell Mysteries, soon to be back in print with forthcoming new editions. He is also author of Inside the New China, based on his nearly three years living and working in that country, and most recently Il Libro Segreto di Shakespeare in Italian (the sixth translation), still pending an En

Background Information

A graduate of the Syracuse University Creative Writing Program, Gene Ayres has been a journalist, documentary film producer, writer for public television, Hollywood screewriter, animator, TV film critic, and mystery novelist. He also lived and taught in China for three years, resulting in a startling and insightful new book about what that country is really like, and married a Chinese national in the process.

His influences include fellow Syracuse alumni David Meggyesy, Rod Serling, Elmore Schwartz, and Joyce Carol Oates, Mark Twain, F. Scott Fitzgerald, and Christopher Marlowe.

Gene (E.C.) Ayres(aka John Underwood) is a lifelong environmental activist, and his mysteries reflect those views, although his protagonist, ex-hippy and war veteran Tony Lowell has to deal with the real world and all philosophies and comers. As does his fictional investigative journalist Jake Fleming in the still forthcoming Shakespeare Chronicle books.


Birth Place
Summit, WA United States

As a filmmaker, winner of two silver medals at the Atlanta International Film Festival, 1972. He has been published in Harper's Magazine, Worldwatch, numerous newspapers, and journals on social and environmental issues, and worked for a time as a television film critic in Tampa. His first novel, Hour of the Manatee, was winner of the St. Martin's Press/Private Eye Writers of America Best First P.I. Novel competition in 1992.

Additional Information

Ayres' newest books are the current Italian bestseller Il Libro Segreto di Shakespeare by his pseudonym John Underwood (a family name); and Inside the New China.

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454 West 44th St 
New York NY 10036   United States
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Il Libro Segreto di Shakespeare
Italian edition: Berkeley-based Investigative journalist Jake Fleming flies to London to find out what happened to an old academic colleague, about to publish a devastating new book about Shakespeare that dispenses with both the Bard of Avon and his Oxford pretender with a startling and stunning new conclusion and outcome.

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