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William Bayer

WeavecoverNew York Times best-selling crime fiction writer, WILLIAM BAYER, breaks new ground with With HIDING IN THE WEAVE, a coming-of-age/psychological mystery… more




City of KnivesCITY OF KNIVES is a novel of intersecting destinies in which stories involving four principal characters crisscross and finally intersect… more





DreamNewCoverWith THE DREAM OF THE BROKEN HORSES, New York Times bestselling author WILLIAM BAYER (described by Robert B. Parker as “a first-rate master of heart-pounding suspense”) returns with this breathtaking, multilayered tale of a twenty-five year old society murder and the many long shadows it still casts. This riveting, sharp-edged psychological thriller may be Bayer’s finest, most compelling work to date.…more

William Bayer’s THE MAGICIAN’S TALE is the first of two novels featuring and narrated by Kay Farrow, a young colorblind art photographer resident in San Francisco whose direct no-nonsense approach to people and art has made her one of the most popular of all Bayer’s lead characters. …more



TRICK OF LIGHT is the second novel in the two-book Kay Farrow series — a shocking and provocative sequel to William Bayer’s national bestseller The Magician’s Tale. …more






BLIND SIDE is the most “noir” of all William Bayer’s novels. With scenes set in Manhattan, Key West and Santa Fe, this book will take lovers of psychological thrillers into scorching, brutal territory. . .a world, in the words of The Los Angeles Times, “of blackmail, doublecross, re-doublecross and murder, all set against a backdrop of obsessive sex, plain and kinky.”  …more


PatternCrimesCoverSkyline PATTERN CRIMES, one of the most highly praised of William Bayer’s novels, is set in contemporary Jerusalem…not the idealized Holy City of the guidebooks, but a real city, capital of an angry, anguished, torn-up nation — a city of prostitutes, narcotics dealers, lusting journalists, ruthless politicians and zealots of every stripe. In PATTERN CRIMES Jerusalem becomes an arena for a remarkable story of crime, punishment and redemption. …more

Peregrine-NEW-FULLPEREGRINE, a chilling suspenseful tale of obsession, won the Mystery Writers of America prestigious Edgar Allan Poe Award (the “Edgar”) for Best Novel. …more




SwitchCoverSWITCH is the first novel in WILLIAM BAYER’s Janek Series. A New York Times best-seller, it was adapted into the four-hour mini-series Doubletake starring Richard Crenna and Beverly D’Angelo, broadcast on CBS. …more




WallflowerCoverWALLFLOWER is the second novel in William Bayer’s Janek series. Renamed “The Forget-Me-Not Murders” it was a CBS TV movie-of-the-week, starring Richard Crenna and Tyne Daly. …more




MirrorMazeCoverWILLIAM BAYER’s MIRROR MAZE is the third and last novel in his Janek series. A secret hall of mirrors, a labyrinth of fear: NYPD detective Frank Janek returns in a hypnotic psychological thriller. . . a brilliant novel of excitement and terror. …more





PUNISH ME WITH KISSES was William Bayer’s first psychosexual thriller, his first venture into noir, and his first commercial success. Charged with eroticism and menace, it is the story of two sisters and the Mysterious Dark Man to whom both are helplessly drawn. …more




TangierCoverWilliam Bayer’s TANGIER, a sweeping novel of romance and intrigue set in a fabled North African resort, may remind some readers of Lawrence Durrell’s The Alexandria Quartet. This is the first of Bayer’s novels to be built around the character of a detective. …more





VISIONS OF ISABELLE, a fictional psycho-biography of the turn-of-the-20th-century writer, sensualist and Saharan explorer, Isabelle Eberhardt, is an early novel by William Bayer. Written during his expat years in Tangier, it predates his crime fiction, and is the only historical novel he has written. …more