Books by Louis Bayard

Louis Bayard is a novelist and reviewer whose work has appeared in the New York Times, the Washington Post, Nerve.com, and Salon.com. He lives in Washington, D.C.


COURTING MR. LINCOLN by Louis Bayard
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 23, 2019

"Not a lot of action, but in Bayard's skilled hands, three complicated people groping toward a new phase in their lives is all the plot you need."
Historical thriller veteran Bayard (Lucky Strikes, 2016, etc.) finds suspense in the three-cornered relationship of Mary Todd, her awkward but compelling suitor, Abraham Lincoln, and his closest companion, debonair Joshua Speed. Read full book review >
LUCKY STRIKES by Louis Bayard
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 5, 2016

"A grand adventure. (Historical fiction. 10-14)"
"Mama died hard. You should know that." Read full book review >
ROOSEVELT'S BEAST by Louis Bayard
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 18, 2014

"A suspense-filled re-imagining of history deepened by a confrontation with evil's supernatural presence."
Bayard (The School of Night, 2011, etc.) draws dark fiction from the real-life Roosevelt-Rondon 1914 exploration of Brazil's Rio da Dúvida. Read full book review >
THE SCHOOL OF NIGHT by Louis Bayard
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: March 1, 2011

"Bayard (The Black Tower, 2008, etc.) blends luminaries of history, lost treasure, intrigue and a double-twist conclusion into a highly readable concoction."
Bayard's novel isn't the first to combine historical characters and long-secret shenanigans, but instead of suggesting Jesus married Mary Magdalene, it puts Shakespeare into a gay love affair. Read full book review >
THE BLACK TOWER by Louis Bayard
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 26, 2008

"Who says they don't write 'em like this anymore? Long may Bayard reign."
Having previously channeled Dickens and Poe, historical novelist Bayard (The Pale Blue Eye, 2006, etc.) throws down the gauntlet to Dumas in another high-energy melodrama. Read full book review >
THE PALE BLUE EYE by Louis Bayard
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 2006

"At novel's end, the reader may want to start again from the beginning."
Bayard's second offering is another literary tour de force, this time featuring the young Edgar Allan Poe as a detective's assistant. Read full book review >
MR. TIMOTHY by Louis Bayard
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 3, 2003

"Still, a clever premise and smartly detailed prose manage to offset the disappointment of this tale's forced excitement."
Tiny Tim has grown up in this uneven effort: an intriguing reexamination of Dickens's beloved waif, saddled with a not altogether successful thriller, à la The Alienist. Read full book review >