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Passion and rage explode in a bizarre double murder. Two homicides a night were not unusual for New York City, but these weren't ordinary killings. Someone had decapitated the victims and switched their heads. Detective Frank Janek's job is to get inside the mind of the lethal genius who committed the heinous act....

Title : Switch
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ISBN : 9780451153562
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 352 Pages
Status : Available For Download
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  • Eric_W
    2018-11-09 05:27

    One of the really nifty things about the e-book revolution is that authors are bringing out some of their earlier works at very reduced prices making them irresistible. That’s how I discovered William Bayer. This is the first I have read, but intend to read all of them. They are excellent.A killer is out there who has switched the heads on his victims. The women appear at first glance to have nothing in common; no link between them. Lt. Frank Janek and his partner are assigned the case. The killer is one of the creepiest I’ve read about in a long time.There’s a parallel investigation that Frank runs on the side involving the suicide of his old friend and mentor. That investigation soon also involves a switch.For those who might wonder, the title of one of Bayer’s talks was, “Why are my killers always from Cleveland?” Bayer was born there and said in the same piece that he considered Cleveland his Heart of Darkness, although its not so apparent in this book. Judging from synopses of his other books photography and art play a role in most of his works. Switch is not so much a “who done it?” as "why it was done". The characters are real, the investigation difficult, the love story realistic if a bit coincidental. The results for the reader are solid enjoyment.Re Janek: “He had been conscious for some time that all his relationships were tainted by his work. The searching look he applied to people, his constant quest for motives, strengths and weaknesses, figuring how to play someone, seize psychological advantage, manipulate, interrogate, break a person down—all of that, which was the essence of being a good detective, seemed to work against any possibility of intimacy. “

  • Lacy
    2018-10-31 03:06

    This book was great in slowly unfolding a crime, and who, what, where, when and why it happened. My one complaint is so much romance that was unnecessary until the end of the book. The romance happened way too quickly, and their whole relationship was cliche and predictable. The crime part of the book was perfect

  • Audiothing
    2018-11-10 09:10

    My ReviewWell, the publishers summary is long enough to give every reader a pretty good idea of what this book is about, but it's a bit darker than I expected it to be.The work worn, hard boiled middle aged detective, Janek, takes on a strange case, very strange indeed, it all begins at the funeral of retired detective Al DiMona. Al was Janeks' rabbi - cop slang for mentor - Al had committed suicide by "eating his gun". His death hit Janek hard, he had this feeling that he should look deeper into what drove his friend to do such a thing, especially as Lou, Als wife, had insisted to Janek that he had been working on something secretive prior to his death. At the funeral he sees a woman, she looks out of place, so he decides to introduce himself to Caroline. She tells him she was just a friend of Al, just came to say goodbye.Before he leaves, he's told that Chief of Detectives Hart wants him to ride back with him, it's during this trip that Janek is given the "switched heads" case of the two murdered women. Seems two detectives were called out, one to each case, they got into a fight about who should investigate, so Chief Hart settled it by giving it to Janek.This is where his head scratching begins, it's all so bizarre, everything about it just plain weird, how's a man to start? The first few chapters are compelling reading, then it gets a little dull, there's a lot of conversation, conjecture, what ifs. In truth, all probably quite realistic but it doesn't hold the attention quite so well as the first part of the story.Then there's the mystery of Al, and this is where Caroline has the leading part, having fallen in love with her ( and pretty darned quick if you ask me) Janek discovers she has not been entirely truthful. By this time, it's all become very complicated!Despite being a little dull in parts, the author does have a wonderful way with words, he describes a room and you are there, seeing it. There's a very poignant passage about Lou, describing her reaction when, whilst cleaning the bathroom she hears the shot, she knows, she just knows she is going to walk down the stairs and find the dead body of her husband Al.NarratorWonderful performance by Jeffrey Kafer, he has the perfect voice for Janek, he switches faultlessly from character to character, gender to gender and it's seamless. Easy to listen to with a good pace, there's a lot of emotion in this book, from overwrought Lou to angry, frustrated detectives. Then, of course, there's the cold, cold murderer! Jeffrey Kafer nails it.This audiobook was gifted via Audioblast in return for this, my honest review.

  • Eric_W
    2018-11-09 04:06

    One of the really nifty things about the e-book revolution is that authors are bringing out some of their earlier works at very reduced prices making them irresistible. That’s how I discovered William Bayer. This is the first I have read, but intend to read all of them. They are excellent.A killer is out there who has switched the heads on his victims who appear at first glance to have nothing in common; no link between them. Lt. Frank Janek and his partner are assigned the case. The killer is one of the creepiest I’ve read about in a long time.There’s a parallel investigation that Frank runs on the side involving his old mentor who had committed suicide. That investigation soon also involves a switch.For those who might wonder, the title of one of Bayer’s talks was, “Why are my killers always from Cleveland?” Bayer was born there and said in the same piece that he considered Cleveland his Heart of Darkness, although its not so apparent in this book.Not so much a “who done it?” as why it was done. The characters are real, the investigation hard, the love story realistic if a bit coincidental. The results for the reader are excellent.Re Janek: “He had been conscious for some time that all his relationships were tainted by his work. The searching look he applied to people, his constant quest for motives, strengths and weaknesses, figuring how to play someone, seize psychological advantage, manipulate, interrogate, break a person down—all of that, which was the essence of being a good detective, seemed to work against any possibility of intimacy. “

  • Black Butterfly
    2018-10-27 01:25

    WHEN I STARTED READING THIS I KEPT THINKING THE NAME OF THE LEAD CHARACTER SEEMS SO FAMILIAR. AHA! RICHARD CRENNA OLD TV MOVIE SERIES "JANEK". I HAVE LOVED HIM SINCE I FIRST WATCHED HIM IN "OUR MISS BROOKS", ANOTHER OLD TV SITCOM. THIS BOOK WAS A MADE FOR TV MOVIE SERIES, ONE I REALLY DIDN'T CARE FOR. I ALWAYS WONDERED WHY HE PLAYED THE CHARACTER THE WAY HE DID, BORING AND UNINTERESTING. SINCE READING THIS I KNOW IT WAS HOW IT WAS WRITTEN (he nailed it). LIKE THE MOVIES IT WAS BORING TO ME, ONLY MORE SO. VERY WORDY, FILLED WITH A LOT OF WHAT HE WAS THINKING, NOT SUSPENSEFUL AT ALL. THE ENDING WAS NOT VERY EXCITING AFTER WADING THROUGH ALL THAT DIALOG. BUMMER!! ;<

  • Red Heaven
    2018-10-20 04:15

    For a long while this book was heading for a five star rating. The writing over the first third was superb, and I was drawn into the mystery, and to the detective's relationship.But then pages were going by without advancing the plot and it became laborious. The investigation consisted of police work mentioned in a couple of lines, followed by some half-page interviews almost as an afterthought of "oh yeah, I suppose I should describe the investigation."I also have a problem with them latching onto one suspect, and he eventually confesses - there was little deduction involved, and the resolution was a washout.

  • Diana
    2018-11-08 03:03

    Murder mystery about 2 young women who were murdered and then their heads were switched. The first part was rather yucky to think about and read. However, the story then turns into the story of the detective assigned to the case. His newly retired partner commits susicide, apparently a common occurance among retired police officers, or was it a susicide? The detective finds a new love and discovers that her father was a policeman who was killed by the mob or was it a mob hit? And how is the chief of police involved in all this?

  • Susan
    2018-11-14 05:31

    I should have read Switch before Wallflower (see a few books above this one) but I didn't and it really only makes a small difference. Switch is really amazing. In New York City a serial killer is killing in pairs and then carefully cutting off his victims heads and then switching them so that the head on one was found on the body of the other. Pretty grizzly and fascinating. Homicide Detective Janek leads the unraveling of this excellent mystery.

  • Dixie LoCicero
    2018-10-24 01:30

    This was the first book I've read by William Bayer, and I intend to read more! This is the 1st in a series about Detective Frank Janek. Janek is investigating a murder where 2 women are killed & their heads are "switched" with each other's body! Other plotlines involve shady cops, lifelong situations within families, etc. Very well-written, easy to read and suspenseful.

  • Mary Newcomb
    2018-10-25 08:16

    The same day that Janek goes to his former partner's funeral, he is assigned a creepy case where two victims' heads were switched. After some intriguing detective work, he and his team sort it all out.

  • Shirley
    2018-11-12 02:08

    Book okNot bad but not that interesting to me. Characters did not hold my interest and book was slow in some areas

  • Jill Miller
    2018-11-01 01:16

    I love this book, and it's one of very few that I've read more than once. Best in the genre, impossible to put down.

  • library goddess
    2018-10-28 05:14

    I enjoyed the book but it moved so slowly. Not sure I liked it enough to read more of the series.

  • Brigette
    2018-10-25 03:32

    The beginning was much better than the end. Story line had great promise. Unfortunately, it fizzled out.

  • Cheryl Stephens
    2018-11-14 09:15

    great read

  • Karen
    2018-11-06 05:13

    I read this book year ago. I never forgot it Loved it took me only 4 days to read I could not put it down

  • Suzanne
    2018-10-27 09:10

    Nicely done intense probing into a detective's psyche as he solves a very bizarre case. The homicide case alone made this book an excellent read.

  • Pat Bostwick
    2018-11-15 03:14

    Janek