Mirror Maze - Book III of the Janek Series

Mirror Maze - Book III of the Janek Series

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by William Bayer
     
 
A secret hall of mirrors, a labyrinth of fear; Janek returns in a hypnotic thriller...

Nobody writes better psychological thrillers than William Bayer. And no character in contemporary crime fiction is as compelling or complex as Lieutenant Frank Janek of the N.Y.P.D. Now Bayer and Janek are back-in a brilliant novel of terror and excitement.

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A secret hall of mirrors, a labyrinth of fear; Janek returns in a hypnotic thriller...

Nobody writes better psychological thrillers than William Bayer. And no character in contemporary crime fiction is as compelling or complex as Lieutenant Frank Janek of the N.Y.P.D. Now Bayer and Janek are back-in a brilliant novel of terror and excitement.

A beautiful young woman meets her latest "pickup" in a Manhattan hotel bar and goes back with him to his room, where she drugs him, robs him, and humiliates him. Several hours later, the "mark" is found dead, the mysterious young woman is wanted for the murder, and Janek and his team of detectives are assigned to the case. Simultaneously, Janek becomes involved in the reopening of a grisly society-murder investigation that has plagued Internal Affairs for nine years. As he sets out to solve both puzzles, the present and past eerily dovetail, culminating with a deadly battle in a secret mirror maze hidden beneath a "ghost" amusement park.

Mirror Maze sinuously leads the reader through one maze after another- literal, theoretical, and psychological. As with the other best-selling Janek novels, Switch and Wallflower, Mirror Maze is a superb police procedural, tense and violent, as well as a thoughtful examination of the blurring of illusion and reality, guilt and innocence.

The French edition of Mirror Maze won the prestigious "Le Grand Prix Caibre 38."
Award.

JOE GORES: “Stunning in its controlled wildness, its beauty, and its understanding of obsession as tragedy...a superb meditation upon the human condition, and one of the most compelling novels of the year.”

ROSS THOMAS: “A plot more cunning than any maze. A splendid treat.”

FIND MORE OF William Bayer'S BOOKS IN DIGITAL FROM CROSSROAD PRESS, including the first two Janek Detective novels, Switch and Wallflower, his novels Blindside, and Visions of Isabelle, and his lavish, richly detailed foreign detective series including the novels Tangier and Pattern Crimes.

Crossroad Press is happy to present mysteries from a number of prolific and talented authors, including Bill Crider, Bill Pronzini, John Lutz, Tom Piccirilli, Ed Lynskey, Al Sarrantonio, Edward Gorman and more. Search these authors by name, or simply search CROSSROAD PRESS in the Nook store for more titles to choose from!

Editorial Reviews

Book Review
“A powerhouse procedural...another dazzling high-wire act from Bayer!”
Book Reviewer
“Suspense is Bayer’s forte...the reader is constantly surprised by the twists and turns, the dead ends and optical illusions. You can’t wait to find out how it comes out.”

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2940014243698
Publisher:
Crossroad Press
Publication date:
03/08/2012
Series:
The Janek Series , #3
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
503,656
File size:
1 MB

Meet the Author

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.

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Mirror Maze - Book III of the Janek Series 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
After being drawn to & invested in the Frank Janek character by "Switch" & "Wallflower", I have to admit I was disappointed by "Mirror Maze". It seemed overly long & tedious in places, mainly because it indulged in psychotherapy that felt beyond even Janek's keen instincts. Although I felt the same empathy for the Gelsey character that was felt by Janek, the bond they developed felt uncomfortably wierd & out of character for both of them. I did especially like the ending. It ended the only way it could for poor tortured Gelsey. For Janek, the ending had a plot twist that (for me at least) seemed to invite a final case for Janek as he continues to use his intuitive detective talents as he works the streets again. I read for the 3rd time in the Q&A that there is little chance that will happen. but I'll keep hoping W.B. will somehow change his mind.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a great book. I know I will read more from this author
Ardons More than 1 year ago
Not a book to read if you are looking for a quick no brainer to just veg with but if you like an excellent story line in a "whodunit" that keeps you guessing and really engages your brain while also bringing emotions to the forefront, this is the book for you. First one of the Janek series I have read but won't be the last.
SpyderRyder More than 1 year ago
Janek does it again. There is no mention in this book of his girlfriend from the previous book. So he starts over with a new friend. I did not like the ending of this book, but I guess it leaves an opening for another follow up.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fast paced, psychological, good for discussion.
mairzydoats More than 1 year ago
The intricate nature of a labyrinth has always fascinated me. Bayer can write stories that I will read anytime.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This author def has a very different way of writing detective stories which is refreshing. I thought this book was so interesting; it keeps you on the edge of your seat psychologically, which is so different than the action books that are more prevalent. I like that there are 2 very different parallel investigations going on at the same time. Its not a thriller like most detective fiction books but it still pulls you in & has you racing to the end to find out how it all comes together.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Excellent read. Double mysteries to solve and kept the pages turning quickly. Loved it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Excellent read. To my mind, the best of the Janek triology. J M Lydon
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ridea back to hq
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
*she sneaks up behind codys captur and pressure points him five ties. Then he lays unconsiouc on the ground. She picks up cody and carries him to spyland result 3
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Swoops over the wall and grabs her weapon