William Bayer The Magician's Tale (Kay Farrow Novels)


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This book was previously published under the pseudonym David Hunt A woman who sees what others cannot see seeks the murderer of a young street hustler, a man she had befriended in photographing San Francisco's dark, sexually charged netherworld. The colors of Kay Farrow's landscape are black, white, and shades of gray. An achromat suffering from total color blindness, Kay possesses a vision that informs her world and sharpens her skills as a talented photographer. When Tim Lovsey, a handsome prostitute, is brutally slain, he becomes much more than Kay's subject. She makes it her mission to find his killer, even though the police would prefer to quietly let the case drop. Kay's search for answers takes her back in time to an unsolved serial murder case with disturbing parallels to Tim's killing- a case whose botched investigation led to her father's ouster from the police force. Searching for the truth, she moves from the back alleys, exotic clubs, and dim corners of San Francisco's underground, where-for the right price-any sexual fantasy can be realized, to the elite enclaves of the city's most privileged class. Kay knows Tim's murderer resides somewhere within these disparate worlds, at an intersection as gray and murky as the shadows that define her world. Putting her life and all she holds dear at risk, Kay must sort through the riddles of the past before she can discover the shocking truth of Tim's death. Along the way, she finds the chiaroscuro of culpability pointed in shades of lust, jealousy, greed, and desire. The Magicians Tale was a National Bestseller and selected by The New York Times as a “Notable Book.” It won the Lambda Award for Best Mystery. PRAISE FOR THE MAGICIAN'S TALE: THE NEW YORK TIMES: “A strange seductive story as eerie as a midnight walk in the fog. It is Kay’s extraordinary vision that arrests us; with the starkness of a reverse negative, it shows us light and dark, truth and deception, reality and illusion, even good and evil in ways we never imagined.” CHICAGO TRIBUNE: “Brilliantly conceived and colorfully told.” PEOPLE: “...mesmerizes, but the book’s lingering spell lies in the way its heroine’s perspective enables us to see, as if the first time, her beloved San Francisco in all its chiaroscuro splendor.” PUBLISHERS WEEKLY: A vibrant, melancholy narrative voice and street-true characters. The story line traces a sophisticated puzzle with memorably jagged figures.” SAN FRANCISCO EXAMINER: “By warned that once you start, you won’t want to put down The Magicians Tale, a most compelling read.” NELSON DeMILLE: “If you like your thrillers atmospheric, kinky and brooding, then The Magician’s Tale is right up your alley. The writing is spare, savvy and San Francisco street-smart. This is one of those books that suck you in, page by page, until you’re firmly in the world created by the author. A very intense read.” RICHARD NORTH PATTERSON: “Seductively written...compellingly suspenseful.” 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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    The Magician's Tale (Kay Farrow Novels)


    10. January 2014 um 21:58

    Die Fotografin Kay Farrow wird mit dem Mord an einem ihrer besten Freunde, dem jungen Straßenstricher Tim Lovesey konfrontiert, dessen Leben sie soeben begonnen hatte, in Bildern festzuhalten. Da die Polizei diesen Fall ihrer Meinung nach nicht energisch genug nachgeht, nimmt sie sich der Sache selbst an. Bald findet sie einen Zusammenhang zwischen der Ermordung Tims und einem Serienkiller heraus, dessen letzter Mord allerdings schon Jahrzehnte zurückliegt. Schockierenderweise scheint ihr eigener Vater, ein Ex-Cop, in die Sache verwickelt zu sein. Auf ihrer Reise in seine schillernde Vergangenheit findet sie heraus, dass Tim eine Zwillingsschwester hatte, die ebenfalls eine mehr als mysteriöse Rolle in diesem Mordfall zu spielen scheint. Nachdem ein erster Mordanschlag auf sie verübt wird, weiß sie, auf der richtigen Spur zu sein. Für mich ein brillianter, äußerst spannend geschriebener Thriller der Extraklasse. Es gibt fast nichts, was man an diesem Kriminalroman aussetzen kann. Einzig und allein die schon pathetisch wirkende Liebschaft mit ihrem Lover Sasha, so perfekt und selbstlos, lässt an Glaubwürdigkeit vermissen, was dem Gesamteindruck jedoch keinen Abbruch tut. Ergreifend und spannungsgeladen bis zur letzten Seite. Ausgezeichnet gut.

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