The Dream of the Broken Horses

The Dream of the Broken Horses

by William Bayer
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The Dream of the Broken Horses by William Bayer

Awarded the 2005 Prix Mystere de la Critique for best foreign crime novel...

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 new tale of a twenty-five year old society murder and the many long shadows it still casts.

A man and a woman are making love....

One hot summer afternoon a quarter century ago, a wealthy socialite and her young lover, a private school teacher, were gunned down in a cheap hotel room on the outskirts of the Midwestern city of Calista. Now, forensic sketch artist David Weiss has returned to his hometown to cover a routine celebrity murder trial for ABC. For someone who has earned a reputation for cracking high-profile cases with his portraits of suspects based on eyewtiness accounts, chruning out courtroom sketches is merely pedestrian work. But Calista holds other attractions for David. First, there are the welcome attentions of CNN reporter Pam Wells. Then there's the notoriously unsolved double murder at the Flamingo Court motel that has haunted him since boyhood.

Like his psychoanalyst father before him, David becomes obsessed with one of the Flamingo victims, Barbara Fulraine -- who was as fascinating as she was enigmatic -- and with the bizarre circle of friends, gangsters, columnists, and lovers who surrounded her. David's father believed that if he could unlock Barbara's troubling, recurring nightmare -- which she called "the dream of the broken horses" -- his solution would mark a watershed in his career. Now David, armed with old news clippings and police interviews, as well as an extraordinary psychological case study of Mrs. Fulraine recently discovered among his deceased father's effects, seeks to use his highly honed professional skills to reassemble the face of her killer. But with each eyewitness interview and each fresh stroke of his pencil, David finds himself being hurled down a path of ever-darkening mystery, obsession and dread.

One of our most elegant and commanding writers of psycho-erotic suspense, William Bayer has crafted a riveting, sharp-edged psychological thriller, perhaps his finest, most compelling work to date.

"The investigation into a 25-year-old double murder of a wealthy socialite and her yoiung lover is renewed with vigor in this sharp and sexy thriller from Edgar-winning author William Bayer. Compelling psycho-erotic suspense...." Publisher's Weekly

"Edgar winner Bayer writes a psycho-erotic thriller, that, in a detective's yearning for a glamorous beauty murdered when he was only a boy, conjures up the classic film Laura. Bayer, whose previous novels starred NYPD detective Frank Janek, makes a startling yet satisfying departure. Richly atmospheric...." Booklist (starred, boxed review)

"Bayer returns from his pseudonymous sabbatical as David Hunt (The Magician's Tale, etc.) to spin a dizzyingly complex tale of a long-unsolved felony. Bayer (Mirror Maze etc.) turns the case into something ambitious, penetrating...." Kirkus Reviews

Product Details

BN ID: 2940014178174
Publisher: Crossroad Press
Publication date: 03/30/2012
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 477,705
File size: 1 MB

About 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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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

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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. :,(