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Louis Bayard is the author of The Pale Blue Eye (HarperCollins), a national bestseller nominated for both the Edgar and Dagger awards, and Mr. Timothy (HarperCollins), a New York Times Notable Book and one of People magazine's 10 best books of 2003. Louis' novels have been translated into eight languages, including Spanish, French, Portuguese and Russian.

Louis is also a staff writer and book reviewer for Salon.com, and his articles and reviews have appeared in the New York Times, the Washington Post, Ms., Nerve.com and Preservation. His other novels include Fool's Errand and Endangered Species (Alyson). He is also a contributor to the anthologies The Worst Noel and Maybe Baby (HarperCollins) and 101 Damnations (St. Martin's).

Genres: Historical, Thriller

Edgar Awards Best Novel nominee (2007) : The Pale Blue Eye

Louis Bayard recommends
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Death of a Rainmaker (2018)
(Dust Bowl Mystery)
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The Deep (2020)
Alma Katsu
"Blending choice elements of mystery and horror into an impeccably recreated history, Alma Katsu has created a rich, haunting, irresistible novel that succeeds in rewriting the past while making it feel more ominously present than ever."
Scavenger (2020)
(Dickie Cornish, book 1)
Christopher Chambers
"Scavenger is as hard and unflinching as noir gets?an immersive portrait of life on the streets in Trump’s America. Yet, in the person of Dickie Cornish, Chambers has delivered a voice of idiomatic, hard-won radiance?and a truth-seeker equal to all the lies and all that lies ahead."
Let's Get Back to the Party (2021)
Zak Salih
"With gorgeous, searching prose, Zak Salih looks beyond the gay culture wars to find the fractured souls within--and locates something deep and true and universal. This exceptional debut signals the arrival of a compelling new voice in fiction."
Lark Ascending (2022)
Silas House
"A dystopian classic, finding new notes of peril and possibility in the once-and-future homeland of Ireland and giving us the kind of richly observed alternative family that humanity of any era would call savior. It also has the best dog ever, excepting my own. Don't miss this one."
The Marsh Queen (2022)
Virginia Hartman
"The Marsh Queen finds a compelling Southern-noir niche all its own and marks Virginia Hartman as a writer to watch."

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