Gary Wayne Walker, the son of a prominent Hollywood attorney, was born in Los Angeles in 1941. Educated in public schools through the eighth grade, Gary won a four year scholarship to Black-Foxe Military Institute following his father's death in 1955, graduating with honors in 1959. In 1963, he graduated from Occidental College with a BA in Political Science.
Entering the insurance business in 1964, Gary spent the next forty five years as a home office marketing manager, a branch office sales manager and, since 1979, an insurance agent in Fresno, California. He holds the CLU, ChFC and CPCU professional insurance designations awarded by the American College.
While pursuing an insurance career and raising two sons, Gary never stopped reading. A lover of both fiction and nonfiction, Gary particularly enjoys Raymond Chandler and James Elroy stories about LA crime, and the works of P.D. James, Scott Turow and Nelson DeMille.
In addition to writing crime fiction, Gary is a contributor/columnist to the Fresno Bee, where his thoughts on a wide variety of topics have appeared on the op-ed page since 2007.
Gary and his wife, Lonna, a retired English teacher and vice-principal, have four grandchildren.