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Best known for his New York detective Frank Janek series, Bayer is a writer's writer whose books have always shown an uncomfortable edge that has prevented him from attaining the fame he deserves. He has also written a couple of strange thrillers as David Hunt about a semi-blind photographer which accentuated his ease with awkward and disturbing themes and characters. His first novel in ages actually feels more like a David Hunt book as we follow, entranced, the parallel stories of a famous photograph showing the philosopher Nietzsche and muse Lou-Andreas Salome becomes a crux for the contemporary tale involving the murder of a West Coast BDSM domina and the involvement of a female performance artist who has inherited over the dead woman's apartment and some of her bizarre paraphernalia. Always on the edge, uncomfortable and never less than a seat of the pants read, this is modern art noir at its best.
In this fascinating psychological neo-noir mystery, a notorious late 19th-century photograph provides the key to a contemporary murder. In 1882, the young Lou Andreas-Salome, writer, psychoanalyst and femme fatale, appears with Friedrich Nietzche and another man in a bizarre photograph taken in Luzern, Switzerland. Over thirty years later, an intense art student in Freud's Vienna presents Lou Salome with his own drawing based on the infamous photograph. In the present day, Tess Berenson, a brilliant performance artist, moves into an art deco loft in downtown Oakland, California. Her new apartment, she learns, was vacated in a hurry by a professional dominatrix who used the name Chantal Desforges. Tess's curiosity about Chantal intensifies when her body is discovered in the trunk of a stolen car at Oakland airport. Embarking on an obsessive investigation into the murder, Tess discovers a link to the original Luzern photograph and the 1913 drawing - but as she gets closer to the shocking truth, Tess finds that she too is in jeopardy.
|Publication date:||28th September 2015|
|Publisher:||Severn House Publishers Ltd|
|Primary Genre||Crime and Mystery|
Closing date: 12/12/2021
'Bayer keeps the suspense high as he artfully toggles among story lines and thoughtfully develops his characters' Publishers Weekly
'Edgar winner Bayer (The Dream of Broken Horses, 2002, etc.) continues his romance with psychoanalysis with a riff on Lou Andreas-Salome's persona as analyst and femme fatale ... Nazis, sadomasochism, and psychoanalysis always provide a heady mix, and a little murder thrown in pushes Bayer's latest into the radioactive zone.' -- Kirkus Reviews
William Bayer is the author of numerous psychological crime novels, including the New York Times bestsellers, Switch, Pattern Crimes and Punish Me With Kisses. His books have won the Best Novel Edgar, the Lambda Literary Award, and the French Prix Mystere de la Critique (twice). He lives with his wife, the renowned food writer Paula Wolfert, in Sonoma Valley, California. Author photo © M JecksMore About William Bayer