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Death and the Maiden by Frank Tallis

Death and the Maiden (2011)

by Frank Tallis

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Frank Tallis's fifth book in his Liebermann Vienna series is a very good follow-up to the previous four. Set in Vienna at the beginning of the 20th century, the novels follow the burgeoning psychiatric career of Max Liebermann, an acolyte of Sigmund Freud, who often assists the Viennese police in crime solving. I've read others in this series and the key players are interesting and evolving.

Max Liebermann is not the only main character in Tallis's books. He shares the pages with policeman Oskar Rheinhardt and the city of Vienna. Vienna - that gorgeous capital of the Austro-Hungarian empire on the banks of the Danube - a city filled with music and pastries, which cover up a deeper layer of anti-Semitism and corruption of all layers of government that Rheinhardt and Liebermann delve into as they work together to solve murders.

In his latest novel, Tallis throws in murder of an opera diva, the election of Karl Lueger to yet another term as mayor of Vienna, as well as tracing the history of some musical pieces Liebermann has found. Dr Freud makes an appearance as Liebermann's mentor and Amelia Lydgate returns as the object of Liebermann's rather ham-handed suitor. Gustav Mahler and Emperor Franz Josef are also part of the story. A real all-star lineup! But it all comes together in the end. Tallis has a way of tying up loose ends, making this book a very satisfactory read. ( )
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Vienna 1903, and an operatic diva, Ida Rosenkrantz, is found dead in her villa. It appears she has taken an overdose of morphine, but a broken rib suggests other possibilities. DI Oskar Rheinhardt seeks the assistance of his young friend, psychoanalyst Dr Max Liebermann.… (more)

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