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Verleiding (edition 2005)

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Authors:Catherine Gildiner
Info:Amsterdam Sirene cop. 2005
Collections:Your library
Tags:Freud, psychoanalyse, detective, moord, geschiedenis, Wedgewood, darwin, vaders, dochters

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Seduction by Catherine Gildiner




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I was attracted to this title because I quite liked Catherine Gildiner's memior, Too Close To The Falls. That book was not one I ever would have picked up but it was sent to me to read as part of a 'through the mail' book club and it was engaging.

Seduction had its moments. I enjoyed Kate and Jackie, the main characters investigating a 'Freudian mystery'. But while I wanted to know the outcome of their investigation, which requires they solve multiple murders, it turns out I don't know (or care to know) a lot about Freud. As such I struggled with the parts of the book that required you to understand or at the very least feign an interest in Freudian theory. Not a book I would recommend, unless of course, you know a bit of Freud and aren't afraid to use it. ( )
  jlrobinson99 | Jan 23, 2009 |
Seduction is an unusual mystery. The main character, Kate Fitzgerald, has spent ten years in prison for murdering her husband. She's passed the time by studying Freud, and is becoming well-known in psychoanalytic circles.

The prison psychiatrist offers Kate a chance at parole if she will investigate Anders Konzak, a prominent Freudian whose been getting death threats since he announced that he'd made discoveries which will upend psychoanalysis. Kate and Jackie, an ex-con who has become a private detective, travel to Vienna and Italy, meeting with Konzak and Anna Freud, among others, as they try to figure out what Konzak has discovered and who is threatening him. And although Kate begins the story by announcing that she can't remember why she killed her husband, emerging from prison forces her to face his death and her reasons for killing him.

At times the dialogue is clunky and expository as characters explain details of Freudian or Darwinian theory for the benefit of readers. But other than that, it's a good read, with interesting ideas and compelling (though not always sympathetic) characters. ( )
  lazybee | Apr 11, 2007 |
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During her decade in prison, Kate Fitzgerald has learned a few things. The best way to survive is to absorb yourself in your own world. Never make eye contact with your fellow inmates. And the last person you can trust is your prison psychiatrist – not only is he likely to be lazy and incompetent (really, why else wouldn’t he be getting rich off of well-heeled clients instead?) but if you complain about him you’re going to be labelled as a “permanent malcontent” and denied parole. So when Dr. Gardonne offers Kate a temporary absence and a job working for him, she only takes it because she knows that turning him down could be worse for her in the long run – counted in prison years, of course. But the real challenge is figuring out why he would choose her.

On the surface, it’s pretty clear. Kate has spent her incarceration immersing herself in the writings of Sigmund Freud, and has become a recognized expert on his work. Dr. Gardonne represents the members of a psychoanalytic organization that is being attacked at its core: Anders Konzak, the hand-picked director of the Freud academy, has been boasting to the media that his new research on Freud will bring the entire profession of psychoanalysis to its knees. He’s also been receiving death threats. And Kate, as an outsider, is the only one Konzak will talk to. Though she doesn’t trust Gardonne, Kate accepts his offer, and she races to uncover Konzak’s secrets before he publishes his work.

Never one to work well with others, Kate is less than thrilled to find out Gardonne has hired a private detective to be her partner. Jackie Lawton is a hardened ex-con who has spent most of his life in prison and only recently turned things around by starting his own business. From the moment the two meet, Kate sees that it won’t be easy working with a man who isn’t really interested in the intellectual battle at hand and who keeps her prison time at the forefront of every conversation. And can he really be trusted? When key players – who were all last seen with Kate – begin to turn up dead, there’s the very real possibility she’s being set up by Gardonne. After all, who would believe the word of a convict serving time for murdering her husband? All she can hope is that following the threads of Konzak’s research to his sources will keep her one step ahead of Gardonne and lead her to the real killer.

With Seduction, Catherine Gildiner gives us not only a gripping detective story full of shifting characters and fast-paced twists but a remarkable intellectual thriller. Through the letters and papers of Sigmund Freud, Charles Darwin and the venerable Wedgwood family, Gildiner brings the personalities and ideological conflicts of the past to life in the present. Along the way we meet an assortment of characters, from social misfits to the demure but resolute Anna Freud, who is still living in the London house where she brought her ailing father for the last year of his life, and where she actively guards his legacy. The story takes us from Toronto to Vienna, London, the Isle of Wight, New York and back again to Toronto – each locale seen through the eyes of Kate, who relishes in the beauty of a world that has been denied to her for a decade.

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