The Luzern Photograph
by William Bayer

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.


“In this clever psychological thriller, Bayer chillingly and skillfully depicts the divide between good and evil. Suggest to Thomas Harris and ­Michael Connelly devotees.”

Library Journal Starred Review

“Edgar winner Bayer continues his romance with psychoanalysis with a riff on Lou Andreas-Salomé’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

WILLIAM BAYER is the author of twenty-one book, nineteen of which are novels. Fourteen of his novels are now available in ebook and audiobook editions. His books have been published in fourteen foreign languages. Two of his novels, Switch and Pattern Crimes, were New York Times best sellers.Bill was born in Cleveland, Ohio, son of an attorney-father and screenwriter-mother. He was educated at Exeter and Harvard where he majored in art history.

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The Luzern Photograph by William Bayer is available in the following formats

Ebook978178010708020th December 2015N/A288£8.99
Ebook978178010708020th December 2015N/A288$10.99
Paperback978184751654130th June 2016140 X 215mm288£12.99
Paperback978184751654130th June 2016140 X 215mm288£12.99
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