Vienna Secrets by Frank Tallis
A Max Liebermann Mystery (Mortalis)

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In Freud’s dangerous, dazzling Vienna of 1903, an ingenious doctor and an intrepid detective again challenge psychotic criminals across a landscape teetering between the sophisticated and the savage, the thrilling future and the primitive past.
 
On opposite sides of the city, two men are found beheaded on church grounds. Detective Inspector Oskar Reinhardt is baffled. Could the killer be mentally ill, someone the victims came into contact with? Some are even blaming the murders on the devil. But when psychoanalyst Dr. Max Liebermann learns that both victims were vocal members of a shadowy anti-Semitic group, he turns his gaze to the city’s close-knit Hasidic community. The doctor is drawn into an urban underworld that hosts and hides virulent racists on one side and followers of kabbalah on the other. And as the evidence—and bodies—pile up, Liebermann must reconsider his own path, the one that led him away from the miraculous and toward a life of the mind.


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About Frank Tallis

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Frank Tallis is a clinical psychologist and critically acclaimed author of the Liebermann series—A Death in Vienna, Vienna Blood, Fatal Lies, Vienna Secrets, Vienna Twilight, and Death and the Maiden—which has been translated into fourteen languages and optioned for television. Vienna Secrets and Vienna Twilight were both nominated for Edgar Awards. Tallis has received a Writers’ Award from the Arts Council England and the New London Writers Award from the London Arts Board. He has held lecturing posts in clinical psychology and neuroscience at the Institute of Psychiatry and King’s College London.
 
Published February 17, 2010 by Random House. 402 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Police inspector Oskar Rheinhardt is called to a modest house in the rundown Spittelberg district where a madam and three young prostitutes have been brutally murdered.

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A second murder and a séance arranged for investigative purposes by the diligent Oskar follow, and a Hitchcockian climax high atop downtown Vienna makes excellent use of revivified Amelia’s talents and confirms Max’s Freud-inspired theories.

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While psychoanalyst Max Liebermann delves into the psyche of Erstweiler, a disturbed patient convinced that he's haunted by his doppelgänger, his friend and sometime colleague Detective Inspector Oskar Rheinhardt examines the corpse of a young woman murdered in a singular fashion: A hatpin has be...

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In turn-of-the-century Vienna, Detective Inspector Oskar Rheinhardt calls his friend Dr. Max Liebermann to examine a horrific murder scene.

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Grisly murders shock an elegant city.

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In 1902, Vienna's Inspector Oskar Rheinhardt investigates a massacre in a brothel marked by a bloody swastika.

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Then another man is killed, but he doesn't fit the limited pattern - he is a Jew, but one who preys on other Jews.

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Review: In early 20th century Vienna, Dr. Max Lieberman and Detective Inspector Oskar Reinhardt again team up to solve a series of vicious, though ingenious, murders in Vienna Twilight, the fifth mystery in this series by Frank Tallis.

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Review: Psychologist Max Liebermann is called upon to assist in the investigation of the brutal murder of a monk in Vienna Secrets, the fourth mystery in this series by Frank Tallis.

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Max and Oskar attend concerts, chat over meals, make music (Max plays the piano and Oskar sings in a rich baritone), drink brandy, smoke cigars, and track down felons.

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As Max and Oskar struggle to solve the crimes, the politics of the times hinder their work in many ways as some of the Viennese people believe that the murders were committed by Jews and want to take vengeance by keeping Jews from holding any professional positions or positions of influence.

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Meanwhile, Max remains under a cloud, facing suspension and even loss of his position at the general hospital, resulting from attacks of anti-Semites for a professional act he committed in the interests of a patient.

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