'The opening of Kiss Me, Judas is one of the most memorable I have read in a detective thriller... Enticing... Baer's short, arresting tale is a nasty treat and his literary powers are more impressive than those of most thriller writes' Daily Telegraph
Phineas Poe, ex-cop and recently released mental patient. Picks up a beautiful woman in a hotel bar: red dress, black hair, body like a knife. Pays $200 spend the night with her and wakes up the next morning in a bathtub full of blood, staples in his side, a note in his hand: If you want to live call 911. Finding her is the start of a crazed road-trip into a drug-blurred underworld. Failing for her is the beginning of a twisted, love story where the boundaries between victim and attacker, pleasure and pain, become nightmarishly blurred...
'Baer's writing has en undeniable force; it is sordid and entrancing, hallucinatory and yet given to brutal realism' The Times
'One of the most original and atmospheric thrillers I've read in ages... feels like a David Cronenberg adaptation of an Elmore Leonard story. The plot twists and turns like a surgeons scalpel Hotel bathtubs will never seem the same again' Mirror
'All too rarely these days there comes along a truly outstanding first crime novel which leaps out of the genre... Baer's début sails effortlessly into this category... an urban legend rewritten on speed' City Life