A Death in Vienna A Death in Vienna has a keen eye for the upper-crust pleasures of turn-of-the-20th-century Vienna; meticulous detail on psychoanalysis' origins, including a cameo by cigar-chomping… A Death in Vienna A Death in Vienna has a keen eye for the upper-crust pleasures of turn-of-the-20th-century Vienna; meticulous detail on psychoanalysis' origins, including a cameo by cigar-chomping… 2006-03-12 Fiction Mystery and Thriller Grove Press
Book Review

A Death in Vienna (2006)

A Death in Vienna | NEAR 'DEATH' Tallis on the origins of Vienna
NEAR 'DEATH' Tallis on the origins of Vienna
EW's GRADE
B-

Details Release Date: Mar 12, 2006; Writer: Frank Tallis; Genres: Fiction, Mystery and Thriller; Publisher: Grove Press

A Death in Vienna has a keen eye for the upper-crust pleasures of turn-of-the-20th-century Vienna; meticulous detail on psychoanalysis' origins, including a cameo by cigar-chomping Sigmund Freud; and one corker of a mystery: In a room locked from the inside, cops find a psychic's body, shot in the chest, no bullet or gun to be found. Pragmatic psychoanalyst Max Liebermann, who's brought into the investigation, is a superb, though derivative, creation, equal parts Freud, Sherlock Holmes, and Patrick O'Brian's Stephen Maturin. Despite some deliciously purple prose (''…the moribund sky, a canopy of charcoal and pepper clouds…''), Frank Tallis, a clinical psychologist best known for his love-is-a-mental-illness tome Love Sick, stuffs three more extraneous subplots into his final chapters, then races to tie everything into a too-tidy bow.
Originally posted Mar 28, 2006
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