Peregrine

Peregrine

by William Bayer

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Overview

This novel won the Mystery Writers of American Edgar Award for Best Novel.

Circling high over Rockefeller Center is a peregrine falcon, the most awesome of the flying predators. She awaits a signal from her falconer. It is given: the bird attacks, plummeting from the sky at nearly 200 miles an hour, striking a young woman and killing her instantly.

By chance, newscaster Pamela Barrett witnesses the slaying. Her impassioned account of it on television that evening thrills the falconer — a brilliant madman who identifies with his deadly bird and, through her, seeks catharsis. He becomes fascinated with Pam and enmeshes her in a bizarre and deadly scheme even as she finds herself drawn to him by an erotic need she does not understand.

As killing follows killing, the terrified city beomes the backdrop of an extraordinary drama. Police and the media engage in cutthroat competition to find the murderer. Two predator birds are pitted in a fight to the death above Central Park. Call girls, rich eccentrics, striving careerists, dealers in the black market for rare birds — all play their roles in this study of secret passion, desire, fulfillment, and ecstasy. The ancient sport of falconry, in which birds are trained to hunt and kill on command, is the key to the spectacular operatic finale.

For all its excitement and intricate detail, PEREGRINE is more than a thriller: it is a study of secret passion – desire, fulfillment, ecstasy. In the falconer, in Pam his prey, and in the burnt-out detective who finds in this case a means to his salvation, author WILLIAM BAYER has created vibrant characters each of whom is both hunter and hunted, each of whom fulfills the others in extraordinary ways.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940150069831
Publisher: Crossroad Press
Publication date: 02/13/2015
Series: The Janek Series , #4
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 693,033
File size: 825 KB

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Peregrine 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Liked the series. Read Peregrine out of sequence but didn't matter.
ybdude1936 More than 1 year ago
A huge bird trained to kill people? Unbelievable, but that's at the base of this made for Halloween novel. Educational in that one learns a great deal about predatory birds which is interesting. Scary in that, while this probably could never happen, today you never can tell. One good read. I'll hit more by this author for sure.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I found Peregrine by William Bayer to be a big disappointment. I¿ve read several other books by Bayer that I liked very much. And the two novels that he wrote under the pseudonym of David Hunt were nothing short of excellent. What compounds my disappointment is the fact that Peregrine won an Edgar award as the best mystery for 1982. All I can say is: it must have been a lean year for mysteries. This book reads more like the rough draft of a first novel lots of wooden dialogue and embarrassingly bad passages. If it had been the first book I¿d read by Bayer, I wouldn¿t have bothered with any more.
harstan More than 1 year ago
The peregrine falcon soars over Manhattan when a falconer signals the bird of prey, which instantly zooms down at incredible speed attacking a female skater in Rockefeller Center while a Japanese tourist films the deadly assault. Her throat is ripped open in a nanosecond. ¿Lucky¿ by being at the right place at the right time with evidence to show her viewers the brutal killing, Newscaster Pamela Barrett obtains the film and gives a first hand account on TV...................... The falconer enjoys Pam¿s broadcast and contacts her by mail. Others die as violently as the skater while the psychopath continues to fascinate in a macabre way Pam, who the Falconer is obsessed with owning. However, she sees a pattern to the victims as each is young and looks eerily similar to her. NYPD Detective Frank Janek struggles with stopping this maniac, but Pam believes she is the key as bait to stop an assailant whose weapon is a bird trained to kill upon command.................... Otto Penzler brings back one of the most exciting thrillers from 1981, Peregrine. The story line grips the audience from the start as the bird of prey soars at an incredible speed tearing the young woman¿s throat in a blink and keeps the pace of the falcon throughout the tale. Underlying the chills is the obsession of the three key human players. Pam though appalled also ¿welcomes¿ the killings as a chance to make it big as a media star; Janek ¿appreciates¿ the case as his opportunity for salvation (and the springboard for his own series); while the falconer keeps bloody score as the sport¿s champion whose exploits Pam and other broadcast.......................... Harriet Klausner