Switch - Book I of the Janek Series [NOOK Book]

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"He spent hours drawing sketches of how she might be killed. And the more work he put into them the more exciting the idea became. And then he started following her and then he was caught up. And the more caught up he was the more definitely she was doomed, for once an idea took hold in him he felt compelled to carry it out

It was the Switch that made his crime a work of art... "

At first the two killings seem unrelated. The lonely call girl...
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Switch - Book I of the Janek Series

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Overview

"He spent hours drawing sketches of how she might be killed. And the more work he put into them the more exciting the idea became. And then he started following her and then he was caught up. And the more caught up he was the more definitely she was doomed, for once an idea took hold in him he felt compelled to carry it out

It was the Switch that made his crime a work of art... "

At first the two killings seem unrelated. The lonely call girl murdered on New York City's West Side had never met the prim schoolteacher slain across town in the far safer preserve of the city's Upper East Side. But someone has decapitated them both and switched their heads: a deed that is apparently its own motive, a crime as pointless as it was perfectly executed.

Detective Frank Janek immediately knows that he has entered the realm of a lethal madness. Middle-aged, divorced, a man centered solely on his work, Janek is practiced in piercing the minds of the criminals he pursues. In the absence of clues from the killer, he has only the awful symmetry of the crime to work with, only his own finely honed intuition. "This was a crime conceived in the shadows," he thinks, "There was precision in it, and passion. Concentrated rage and a love of order. A need to beautify. Even some strange, unfathomable, as yet uncatalogued species of love."

The challenge-to become as precise, as creative, as cold as his prey-begins to take its toll. The tenuous psychological thread leads Janek back into the unsettled past-- not only the killer's but his own. His own passion and rage and unresolved love. The love he bore for the man who trained him-a retired cop whose apparent suicide he has shied from investigating too closely, the passion for justice that has made him a marked man within the police fraternity. The rage he feels at ancient crimes that have finally burst into full and terrifying flower. And most of all, the new love he feels for the mysterious woman in whom all these strands of the past seem to converge. It is Janek's love for Caroline that leads him at last to a blinding vision of the purpose behind the grisly double homicide.

Too late, he realizes that the case of "Switched Heads" may only be the bait....

PRAISE FOR SWITCH:


“A hugely entertaining police procedural from the Edgar-winning author.”
---New York Times

“Switch puts its author in the rarefied company of those page-turner authors like Elmore Leonard, Jack Higgins and Frederick Forsyth. Writers, that is, who not only endanger the fingernails but give you enough food for thought to feed a small army.”
---Philadelphia Inquirer

“Switch satisfied all of my requirements for a psychological thriller.”
- Washington Post

“William Bayer’s psychological thriller is a humdinger of a story, an amalgam of skillful plotting, penetrating characterization and genuine suspense. That’s a parlay that’s hard to beat, folks!”
---San Diego Union

“A totally absorbing psychological thriller. Switch is a remarkable story of crime and superb detective work written with unusual skill and thoughtful characterization. It is superior in every respect.”
---BestSellers

“Helluva great read....”
--- Larry King

“Utterly riveting!”
--- The Observer (U.K.)
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940012772312
  • Publisher: Crossroad Press
  • Publication date: 7/23/2011
  • Series: The Janek Series , #1
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 170,956
  • File size: 574 KB

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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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 25, 2011

    Extraordinary!

    One of the best detective novels ever set in New York. The concept of the two murder victims whose heads are switched is breathtaking. Not to be missed!

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 7, 2012

    A nice twist to typical plots

    I enjoyed this book and went on to read the nest two books in the Janek series. For those too young to recall, it also spawned a TV series years ago. I confess I never watched it. Now I'm sorry.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 26, 2012

    Very interesting

    This was a different book...different take on a psychological murder/detective story. The characters are deep & very likeable & i love the setting of nyc. It deelves deep into the detectives mind & how he solves this crime...i just wish there had been more about the killer from his perspective & more suspense but it was a great read nonetheless.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 2, 2014

    great fun and good detective mystery

    Really enjoyed this one. Excellently done!""

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 10, 2012

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    Good Crime Novel

    Janek finds a real sick individual in this book,as well as a great love affair. Well worth reading and worth the time to read.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 6, 2012

    Great detective fiction!

    Switch is a classic police story set in late 1970s New York. Janek is a character who's easy to root for and the story is nicely complex and psychological. I had read it years ago and was thrilled to see it available for my Nook. I bought the entire series.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 19, 2012

    This is an exciting read to say the least ...

    This is an exciting read to say the least. Because of its "not a moment wasted" exciting pace, I'm sleep-deprived & stand accused of spousal abandonment (rightly so). I loved the storyline of the side-by-side cases, the cast of characters & being in Janek's head as he worked it all out.

    I'm so ready for the 2nd Janek book & was a bit disappointed to read in the "post-mortem" Q&A that there are only 3. :-(

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 30, 2014

    Good mystery novel. Some parts did not hold my interest but on

    Good mystery novel. Some parts did not hold my interest but on the whole, a good story.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 26, 2014

    Lish

    I just finished "Switch" and I am totally wrung out! Drained. Depleated. Stunned. I have tagged along with this brilliant cop, Janek, as he figures out this case, methodically piecing together one clue, one idea, one deduction, one brick at a time. I loved Janek and his team! I feel like I have discovered a new author.....I'm getting the rest of the series.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 16, 2014

    Eh... not superb

    It was ok. Pretty slow going. Not much substance. I guess it was an ok read. Not sure I'll read thebtest of the series. This one seemed to drag out a bit.

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