“Strong, powerful.”
“A dynamite read.”


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The book reviewers have their say:


Fire Eyes is a W.H. Smith First Novel Award finalist.

"Fire Eyes is a taut psychological thriller with literary overtones, a very contemporary terrorist romance."
—Globe and Mail

"A strong, powerful first work."
— The Calgary Herald

"There is a beautiful, awful symmetry between passion and destruction that lends a phantasmagoric effect to the writing."
— Quill & Quire

"A dynamite read. Combines a remarkable literary finesse with the tightly wound mainspring of a psychological thriller. A new writer of the very best."
— Andreas Schroeder, author of “Renovating Heaven”

"To put it simply, there is some very good writing here."
—Alberta Report


HealingThe Dead

"You start reading Healing the Dead with a gasp and never get a proper chance to exhale."
—Globe and Mail

D. F. Bailey writes with "unusual power ... and obvious talent." He is "becoming a player in the international arena."
—Quill & Quire Magazine

"The author is not afraid to take a hard look at the darker side of human nature, at the source of fear and violence, and to explore their repercussions with unflinching honesty."
—Monday Magazine



"Bailey's masterstroke is in creating a situation for his protagonist that is so believable the reader cannot help but feel complicit in the guilt and anguish of it all. With compelling, measured prose, he stakes out precious territory in a genre - located somewhere between thriller and psychodrama - that he makes completely his own."
—Quill & Quire Magazine

"Bailey has crafted a tale that not only looks at a universal theme but places it in a very West Coast context, making this one story that local readers are going to love."
—Boulevard Magazine

"Bailey knows how to employ atmosphere, characters and mood to steadily build a story. And the story he so carefully constructs is a good one."
—What's on Winnipeg



“Another great story of moral revelation, despair and redemption by a contemporary master.”
— Lawrence Russell, culturecourt.com

"The writing is extremely good … an exquisitely crafted novel. Reminiscent of The Unbearable Lightness of Being."
— Aaron C. Brown, Amazon Top 500 Reviewer

Background File:

D. F. (Don) Bailey

My first novel, Fire Eyes, was a finalist for the W. H. Smith First Novel Award. A second novel, Healing the Dead, was translated into German as Todliche Ahnungen. The Good Lie, a psychological thriller, followed in 2008 and is now available as a talking book. A fourth novel, Exit from America, made its debut as an ebook in 2013. Two of the four novels were optioned for films, and all of them are available as ebooks. I’m currently writing three novels narrated from the point-of-view of a crime reporter, Will Finch. All three novels — The Finch Trilogy — will be launched in the fall of 2015.

I was born and raised in Montreal — the heart of French culture in North America. Over the years our family moved from Quebec to New York City to McComb, Mississippi to Cape May, New Jersey. I finally landed on my feet on Vancouver Island — where I live to this day next to the Salish Sea in the city of Victoria.

For twenty-two years I worked at the University of Victoria where I taught creative writing and journalism and coordinated the Professional Writing Cooperative Education Program — which I co-founded. From time to time I also freelanced as a business writer and journalist. In the fall of 2010 I left the university so that I could turn my pre-occupation with writing into a full-blown obsession.


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