Dear Friends and Readers:

Welcome, and thanks for visiting my website! If you’re reading this, something about my books must have caught your attention. Let me try to pique your interest a bit further!

When No One is Watching is a fast-paced, suspenseful novel that will appeal to a wide audience, including:

  • Fans of page-turning thrillers and crime stories;
  • Readers who are drawn in by rich, complex and compelling characters;
  • Readers who appreciate an engaging story subtly layered with deeper meaning;
  • Readers who are intrigued by the idea of a modern day morality play that explores both the frailties of human nature and the triumph of the human spirit; and
  • Those who have lived with the challenges of alcoholism and can relate to both the tragic consequences and tales of hope.

The story is set primarily on the South Side of Chicago, and conveys a striking sense of timeliness and realism, as it involves ambition, corruption and scandal within Chicago’s political circles. Sound familiar?

Consequential Damages is a legal drama, also set primarily in Chicago. Within the context of this Grisham-like suspense novel is a thought-provoking story that explores some of the weaknesses of the American legal system, and the consequences that can result when someone chooses to exploit those weaknesses. It combines romance, intrigue, courtroom drama and suspense with compelling characters who will inspire you and infuriate you.

To learn a bit more about each book, click the “About the Books” tab. To read a sample of each, click the “Excerpts” tab.

Thanks for visiting!

News from Summer 2012:

CHICAGO READER NAMES JOSEPH HAYES BEST NOVELIST OF 2012!!!

CHICAGO READER NAMES WHEN NO ONE IS WATCHING BEST NEW NOVEL BY A CHICAGOAN

http://www.chicagoreader.com/chicago/ArticleArchives?tag=Joseph%20Hayes

Other News:

WHEN NO ONE IS WATCHING Receives Multiple National Book Awards

When No One is Watching by Joseph Hayes received top honors in the 8th annual USA Book Awards, honoring the best books of 2011. When No One is Watching received the award for best e-book in the general fiction category.

When No One is Watching was also named as a finalist in the category of Inspirational Fiction by the 2011 Next Generation Indie Book Awards. Aspiring to be the “Sundance” for indie books, this is the nation’s largest nonprofit awards program for small presses, larger independent publishers, university presses, e-book publishers and self-published authors.

Hayes was also recognized as a finalist in the category of New Fiction by the National Indie Excellence Awards, which celebrates the “best of the best” in independent press.