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The Washington Post says Louis Bayard has ascended to "the upper reaches of the historical-thriller league." He has been an Edgar and Dagger award nominee and his novel "The Pale Blue Eye" has been optioned for a film. Set partly in Washington, D.C., his newest novel, "The School of Night" (Henry Holt), offers "seamless prose and conjures the past with credibility," said The Wall Street Journal. Bayard is also a reviewer and journalist who has written for The New York Times, The Washington Post, Salon.com and other publications.