|This biographical article relies on references to primary sources. (August 2012)|
Louis Bayard (born on November 30, 1963 in Albuquerque, New Mexico) is an American author. His historical mysteries include The Pale Blue Eye, Mr. Timothy, The Black Tower and The School of Night, and have been translated into 11 languages.
Bayard was born on November 30, 1963 in Albuquerque, New Mexico. He graduated from Princeton University and received a master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University. He lives in Washington, DC, and teaches fiction writing at George Washington University.
His third novel, Mr. Timothy, published by HarperCollins, was a Victorian thriller featuring a grown-up Tiny Tim from Dickens' A Christmas Carol. Bayard's novel was a New York Times Notable book and was chosen one of the 10 best books of the year by People magazine.
His next novel, The Pale Blue Eye, is a murder mystery set at West Point in 1830, where the young Edgar Allan Poe was a cadet. The book was nominated for an Edgar and a Dagger and was optioned for a film adaptation by writer-director Scott Cooper (Crazy Heart).
Bayard’s fifth novel, The Black Tower (Morrow), set in Paris in 1818, follows the real-life detective Eugène François Vidocq as he investigates the mystery surrounding Marie Antoinette’s son.
Bayard’s most recent novel, The School of Night (Holt), shuttles between modern-day Washington DC and Elizabethan England, where a group of scholars including Walter Ralegh, Christopher Marlowe and the scientist Thomas Harriot explore dangerous questions.
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- "Author website".
- "The Monti".
- "Princeton Alumni".
- "Fool's Errand".
- "Endangered Species".
- "HarperCollins Publishing".
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- "Pale Blue Eye optioned".
- "Edgar Award database".
- "2006 Historical Dagger Awards".
- "USA Today review of Black Tower".
- "Black Tower Amazon Page".
- "HarperCollins Black Tower page".
- "Macmillan School of Night Page".
- "Macmillan Louis Bayard Page".
- "National Book Festival Appearance".
- "Salon Louis Bayard page".
- "Washington Post Book Review".
- "Nerve article".