The Haunting of L.

Farrar, Strauss, and Giroux, 2007

The final book in Howard Norman's Canadian Trilogy: a novel about spirit-photographs, adultery, and greed. It is 1927, Young Peter Duvett has accepted a job as an assistant to the elusive portraitist, Vienna Linn, in the remote town of Churchill, Manitoba. Peter arrives in Chruchill on the very night of his employer's wedding only to fall under the spell of Vienna's brilliant and beautiful wife, Kala Murie. Peter is drawn more and more deeply to Kala as he reluctantly comes to share her obsession with "spirit pictures," photographs in which the faces of the long-dead or forgotten mysteriously appear -- and he sees more adn more terrifying scenes come to life in the darkroom. Howard Norman's The Haunting of L. is a chilling fable of moral blindness and artistic ambition, from a writer of "complexly tragic vision" (Richard Bernstein, The New York Times).