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William Bayer
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Crime writer David Hunt is the pen name of William Bayer, a graduate of Phillips Exeter Academy and Harvard University. Bayer was a Foreign Service Officer with the U.S. Information Agency where he created many documentaries, two of which received Cine Golden Eagle awards. His feature film titled Mississippi Summer won Best Feature by a Director at the Chicago International Film Festival. Bayer has written several novels including In Search of a Hero, Switch, Wallflower, Mirror Maze, and Peregrine, which won the Edgar Award for Best Novel. He has also authored Breaking Through, Selling Out, and the nonfiction work Dropping Dead and Other Notes on Film Making. After Bayer moved to San Francisco, he began writing under David Hunt, his pen name. Among his most recent novels are The Magician's Tale and Trick of Light. William Bayer's first novel, "In Search of a Hero" was published in 1962. He has since written two books of non-fiction and thirteen other novels, including the Edgar award-winning "Peregrine", and four subsequent mystery thrillers in which NYPD detective Frank Janek was the main character, among them the New York Times bestseller "Switch", which became the basis of the first of seven TV films in which Richard Crenna played Janek. "Pattern Crimes" was also a New York Times bestseller. Bayer's last two thrillers featured the color-blind photographer Kay Farrow and were written under the pen-name David Hunt: "The Magician's Tale", which was a New York Time Notable Book of the Year and won the Lambda Literacy Award for Best Mystery, and "Trick of Light". Bayer lives in San Francisco.

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