A Death in Vienna by Dr. Frank Tallis Dr.

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In Vienna at the turn of the twentieth century, Max Liebermann is at the forefront of psychoanalysis, practicing the controversial new science with all the skill of a master detective. Every dream, inflection, or slip of tongue in his “hysterical” patients has meaning and reveals some hidden truth. When a mysterious and beautiful medium dies under extraordinary circumstances, Max’s good friend, Detective Oskar Rheinhardt, calls for his expert assistance. The medium’s body has been found in a room that can only be locked from the inside. Her body has been shot, but there’s no gun and absolutely no trace of a bullet. On a table lies a suicide note, claiming that there is “such a thing as forbidden knowledge." All signs point to a supernatural killer, but Liebermann the scientist is not so easily convinced. Set in the Vienna of Freud, Klimt, and Mahler, a time of unprecedented activity in the worlds of philosophy, science, and art, A Death in Vienna is an elegantly written novel, taut with suspense and rich in historical details.
 

About Dr. Frank Tallis Dr.

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Frank Tallis, a clinical psychologist and the author of six books on psychology, obsession, and the mind, as well as many novels, has worked at the Institute of Psychiatry and King s College, London. He won the New London Writers Award in 2000. He lives in London.
 
Published February 6, 2006 by Grove Press. 464 pages
Genres: History, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Misdirection is the name of the game in this intricate thriller (published in England as Mortal Mischief), the work of a practicing London psychologist.

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British author Tallis (Love Sick ) sets his intelligent murder mystery in the stormy, atmospheric Austrian capital at the turn of the 20th century. Psychoanalyst

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We also see the prejudices against many minorities, most particularly against women, with the doctors using a diagnosis of female hysteria as an answer to any complaints that women might have about men.

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