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Deadly Communion

by Frank Tallis

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Detective Inspector Oskar Rheinhardt is looking for a murderer. The first known victim is a young blonde with a less than perfect reputation. His method of murder is unknown until it is accidently stumbled upon in the autopsy…she was killed with a hatpin! When they find the seller of the hatpin, they know it is only a matter of time before another victim is found.
Max Liebermann, a psychoanalyst and good friend of Rheinhardt is of the opinion the murderer is a sexual predator who gets his release from death. As the female victims had been ‘used’ just before death, Rheinhardt is in agreement. Not only is Liebermann aiding the Inspector, but one of his patients may just be the key to the entire puzzle.
Through the investigation, Rheinhardt and Liebermann meet some interesting characters. A painter with the clientele for paintings of nude young girls in provocative positions, an accountant certain that he is the victim’s only ‘client’ and a father who readily let his daughter be ‘used’ in various ways so the family could survive.
Threads of other stories are cleverly woven in to the main story, but how it all comes together is a masterpiece. You will stay on your toes with this mystery!

Reviewed by Ashley Wintters for Suspense Magazine ( )
  ashleywintters | Oct 12, 2011 |
Enjoy these mysteries set in Vienna in the early 1900's, the beginnings of psychoanalysis and the hey dey of Freud. Interesting characters and historical data about women's fashions and their beginnings into the medical fields. The description of the pastries are out of this world. ( )
  Beamis12 | Jun 23, 2011 |
This is the first Tallis book that I have read featuring Liebermann so I was a little surprised by the other review here. I have to say I rather enjoyed the story and liked the idea that it was just not the one case that was being solved but several. I also thought the idea of having the unknown murder confess his past at various points in the book was clever and unique. It has certainly made me want to read the previous books in the series at any rate. ( )
  polarbear123 | Oct 8, 2010 |
Weakest entry yet in this heretofore intriguing and interesting series. Tallis appears to be trying too hard, and the story unwinds more like a pilot for TV show, Law and Psychiatry Vienna. His previous novels are much better. I really wouldn't bother with this one, though the earlier books were fascinating. ( )
  KLTMD | Sep 20, 2010 |
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A sexual predator is at large on the streets of Imperial Vienna, who murders in the midst of consensual sex. Detective inspector Oskar Rheinhardt appeals to his friend, psychoanalyst Dr. Max Liebermann, for assistance in finding the killer.

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