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The Dream of the Broken Horses
     

The Dream of the Broken Horses

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by William Bayer
 

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One hot summer afternoon a quarter century ago, a wealthy socialite and her young lover were gunned down in a cheap motel room on the outskirts of the Midwestern city of Calista.

Forensic sketch-artist David Weiss has been haunted by the notoriously unsolved double murder since boyhood. Returning to his hometown to cover a routine murder trial, David

Overview

One hot summer afternoon a quarter century ago, a wealthy socialite and her young lover were gunned down in a cheap motel room on the outskirts of the Midwestern city of Calista.

Forensic sketch-artist David Weiss has been haunted by the notoriously unsolved double murder since boyhood. Returning to his hometown to cover a routine murder trial, David instead becomes obsessed, like his psychoanalyst father before him, with one of the victims of that long-ago crime, the beautiful but tragic Barbara Fulraine. David's father believed that if he could unlock Barbara's troubling, recurring nightmare -- "the dream of the broken horses" -- his solution would mark a watershed in his career. But as David seeks to reassemble the face of her killer, he finds that with each stroke of his pencil he is being hurled down a path of ever-darkening mystery, obsession, and dread.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
The investigation into a 25-year-old double murder of a wealthy socialite and her young lover is renewed with vigor in this sharp and sexy thriller from Edgar award-winning author Bayer (Peregrine; Switch). When Barbara Fulraine and her lover, Tom Jessup, were gunned down in the cheap Flamingo Court motel in the fictional Midwestern city of Calista, David Weiss was just a young boy. Soon after the homicides, David's father, who is also Barbara's therapist, committed suicide. Now, 25 years later, David is a forensic sketch artist who returns to Calista to cover a celebrity murder trial. While there, he becomes obsessed with the unresolved local scandal of the Flamingo murders, convinced Barbara Fulraine's death was the cause of his family's breakup. He interviews a handful of upper-crust locals as well as residents from the seedier side of town, all of whom seem intent on leaving the past alone. Just as the trail of clues grows cold and David's life is endangered, he comes upon Barbara Fulraine's diary from that time. He begins to unravel the history of the mysterious and erotic woman whose sexual prowess may have gotten her killed. Rough play, a nasty custody battle and a kiddie porn ring are just a few of the sordid highlights in this highly charged tale. Some may find the revelation of the killer's identity anticlimactic, yet still be sufficiently satisfied by this classy and compelling psychoerotic suspense tale. 6-city author tour. (Feb. 5) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Bayer returns from his pseudonymous sabbatical as David Hunt (The Magician's Tale, 1997, etc.) to spin a dizzyingly complex tale of long-unsolved felony.
From the Publisher
Publishers Weekly Sharp and sexy....Highly charged.

The Boston Globe This is a fine book, complex, disturbing....The plotting is meticulous, the writing clear, the characters interesting.

Booklist [Bayer] makes a startling yet satisfying departure....Richly atmospheric.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780743403351
Publisher:
Pocket Star
Publication date:
11/26/2002
Pages:
464
Product dimensions:
10.60(w) x 16.60(h) x 3.00(d)

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One hot summer afternoon a quarter century ago, a wealthy socialite and her young lover were gunned down in a cheap motel room on the outskirts of the Midwestern city of Calista.

Forensic sketch-artist David Weiss has been haunted by the notoriously unsolved double murder since boyhood. Returning to his hometown to cover a routine murder trial, David instead becomes obsessed, like his psychoanalyst father before him, with one of the victims of that long-ago crime, the beautiful but tragic Barbara Fulraine. David's father believed that if he could unlock Barbara's troubling, recurring nightmare -- "the dream of the broken horses" -- his solution would mark a watershed in his career. But as David seeks to reassemble the face of her killer, he finds that with each stroke of his pencil he is being hurled down a path of ever-darkening mystery, obsession, and dread.

Meet the Author

William Bayer is the author of the Edgar Award-winning novel Peregrine, which introduced NYPD detective Frank Janek, the central character of four subsequent thrillers, among them the New York Times bestseller Switch. Pattern Crimes was also a New York Times bestseller. More recently, under the pen name David Hunt, Bayer wrote two thrillers featuring color-blind photographer Kay Farrow: The Magician's Tale, which was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year and won the Lambda Literary Award for Best Mystery, and Trick of Light. Bayer lives in San Francisco with his wife, cookbook author Paula Wolfert. Visit his Web site at www.williambayer.com.

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Dream of the Broken Horses 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Terrific characters, a great sense of place, a fascinating plot, very good writing and lots of psychological depth -- I can't recommend this erotic thriller more! I've read all this author's books, including the ones he wrote under the pen name 'David Hunt.' This one ranks with Bayer's best -- as good as 'Switch'...and perhaps even deeper.
harstan More than 1 year ago
David Weis is a police sketch artist who draws pictures of suspects after he interviews the witness. He is very good at his job and his work has led to the capture of some of the deadliest serial killer of our time. He is now working as a court room artist in the Midwest town of Calista, the place of his birth and formative growing up years.

When he has free time, he is trying to solve the twenty-six year old homicide of Barbara Fulraine, a high maintenance socialite and her lover, David¿s former gym teacher. David is obsessed with the case because his father was Barbara¿s psychiatrist and he committed suicide after his patient was murdered. David sketches and talks to all the parties connected with the case until he finally stirs up the anger of someone who wants to keep the past dead and buried along with a nosy artist.

The protagonist is a dark and stirring character who is driven by an internal compelling force to seek out the truth at any cost. The price includes finding out things about his father he¿d rather not know. THE DREAM OF THE BROKEN HORSES is an erotic thriller that moves at brisk and a satisfying pace.

Harriet Klausner

Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ill tell everyone if they kick me out or desert me. I didnt say anything. It was my sister. :,(