1st in the Mike Haller Series
P.I. Mike Haller is on the case to find a newsman who suddenly went missing in Sacramento Valley. A tearful, boozy wife has paid him to find her husband, but someone else is attempting to dissuade him—using a .38 with Haller's name and address on it. Packed with crime-stopping action, romance, and suspenseful twists and turns, California Thriller is an exhilarating journey full of snowballing leads and Mike Haller in a race to save thousands of lives.
Turner, October 2012, ISBN 978-1618580269
Shamus Award Winner for Best Paperback Original!
"Sharp writing . . .exciting—fulfills the promise of its title."
"Max Byrd is in the first division of American crime writing."
"Lock Byrd's cage and throw away the key—until he slips out a few more thrillers."
"Max Byrd is a fine and forceful writer."
FLY AWAY JILL
2nd in the Mike Haller Series
Lighting a cigarette in the gray night, P.I. Mike Haller is uneasy about the job that has brought him to London and away from his home in California. His instincts warned him that he was in for trouble—he just didn't trust the old man who had hired him, and he couldn't quite explain the reason behind his suspicions. But the photo of the runaway bride had touched his romantic heart. Too bad he forgot to remember the sickening surge of adrenaline that fear brings . . . because Haller would soon find a hard, deadly barrel of a .38 jammed into his ribs, forcing him to make a decision that he must never regret. With its suspenseful, intriguing plot set against the backdrop of London town, Fly Away, Jill brings Haller face to face with the horrifying truth behind one man's scrupulous past.Turner, October 2012, ISBN 978-1618580283
"Max Byrd's plots, like his wit, are sinister and charming."
"Max Byrd is an expert at mingling real historical figures with his invented characters."
3rd in the Mike Haller Series
Private investigator Mike Haller has been hired to find Muriel Contreras, a hooker who's inherited nearly $1,000,000. But just when he's approaching an answer to her whereabouts, he discovers he's been sabotaged—and his P.I. license is suspended. Haller sets out on his own to find out who is trying to stop him, but the chase quickly turns deadly when his colleague—who assigned Haller to the case—is brutally murdered. Praised by PW as "fast-moving, authoritative, [and] richly satisfying," Finders Weepers finds Haller entangled in a dangerous game with a murderer who won't stop at anything to get to Muriel.
Turner, October 2012, ISBN 978-1618580276
"...the third Mike Haller story (California Thriller and Fly Away, Jill) is fast-moving and authoritative. It's also richly satisfying, marked by the author's skillful, fearless use of language."
TARGET OF OPPORTUNITY
Target of Opportunity opens in the midst of World War II as San Francisco Police Inspector Gilman and his brother-in-law, former Washington attorney Donald Kerwin, stop into a 7-Eleven—and are met with a torrent of bullets. A gunman at the register kills Kerwin and wounds Gilman, and an illegal police search follows, leading to a dismissal of charges against the suspect. Gilman's sister-in-law Nina is not only heavily distraught over her husband's death but violently outraged at the illegal search. When she learns that the killer is returning to Boston, she trails him, out for revenge, and Gilman follows to stop her. Masterfully weaving history, plot, and emotion, Target of Opportunity is an unforgettable achievement.
Turner, October 2012, ISBN 978-1618580290
"Sensibly told crime fiction and the drama of OSS intelligence operations during World War II come together..."
Los Angeles is being rocked by a blast wave of terror. Six bombs have exploded unlike any ever seen before—precise, efficient, and unerringly lethal. Only one mind could have build them: Simon Caute. An explosives genius, Simon's work, marked by a macabre wit, has left a signature of smoking ruins and corpses strewn across the continent. Only one man can match Caute for sheer cunning and technical expertisee: David Renner, who risks his job and his life as he races against time to save Jillian Speirs, a beautiful British actress with a violent past. Byrd spins a gripping tale of violence and sex in Fuse Time, the ultimate ticking-clock thriller.
Turner, October 2012, ISBN 978-1618580306
"This is the ultimate thriller for bomb aficionados."