Geoffrey Barnett is a photographer. Due to a mysterious trauma in his past, he has for many years been unable to photograph people. When Kimberly Yates suddenly enters his life, Geoffrey's world is turned upside down. She nurtures him back to life-emotionally, mentally and sexually. Eventually he is able to...
Geoffrey Barnett is a photographer. Due to a mysterious trauma in his past, he has for many years been unable to photograph people. When Kimberly Yates suddenly enters his life, Geoffrey's world is turned upside down. She nurtures him back to life-emotionally, mentally and sexually. Eventually he is able to photograph her.
Then she disappears.
Like a puff of smoke, as if she were just a dream, a vision that Geoffrey has conjured up.
As he begins to search for Kimberly, Geoffrey discovers that perhaps she was a dream. Soon, he begins to wish that she weren't real, because his obsession with her turns his life from dream into a nightmare. As he discovers the truth about Kimberly she leads him down a path of greed, deceit and blackmail. It is a road littered with sexual perversions and struggles for power, with unbelievable pleasures and even greater pain, with powerful love and passion for life and, inevitably, the terror of death.
“Has all the ingredients for a dark and sultry noir novel.” - New York Times
“A smashing film noir on paper. An irresistible brew with a wicked kick...Unstoppable entertainment.” - Kirkus Reviews
“A strong riveting thriller...This one’s in the top tier.” - Publishers Weekly
“The climax is staggering. Bayer is a master of delicious intricacy; his fans will love every twist he throws at them here.” - Booklist
“A world of murder, blackmail, double-crosses and redouble-crosses, all against a backdrop of obsessive sex, plain and kinky...Its pace is fast, its temperature high.” - Los Angeles Times
“A terrific page-turner... The best yet from one of the best writers of suspense.” - Cleveland Plain Dealer
“Compulsive reading...power games, manipulation, rampant greed, blackmail, sex, violence and murder.” - Scotland On Sunday
New York Times best-selling author WILLIAM BAYER has written numerous crime novels. His books have won several prizes, including the "best novel" Edgar, have been published in fifteen foreign languages, and his Janek series novels have been made into seven television movies all broadcast on CBS. He and his wife, cookbook author, Paula Wolfert, lived in the Sonoma Valley in Northern California.