The Interpretation of Murder

The Interpretation of Murder

Book - 2006
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A dazzling literary thriller - the story of Sigmund Freud assisting a Manhattan murder investigation. Think SHADOW OF THE WIND meets THE HISTORIAN.

THE INTERPRETATION OF MURDER is an inventive tour de force inspired by Sigmund Freud's 1909 visit to America, accompanied by protégé and rival Carl Jung. When a wealthy young debutante is discovered bound, whipped and strangled in a luxurious apartment overlooking the city, and another society beauty narrowly escapes the same fate, the mayor of New York calls upon Freud to use his revolutionary new ideas to help the surviving victim recover her memory of the attack, and solve the crime. But nothing about the attacks - or about the surviving victim, Nora - is quite as it seems. And there are those in very high places determined to stop the truth coming out, and Freud's startling theories taking root on American soil.

Publisher: Headline,� 2006
ISBN: 9780755331406
0755331400
Branch Call Number: AF RUBE

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ktkat1949 Sep 25, 2014

I enjoyed this book. However, I found it dense with regard to all the psychoanalysis a subject I am not particularly interested in. There certainly were some great plot twists. The strange thing is that I really didn't care too much for the main characters but definitely enjoyed the young detective in the book. I hope he appears in the second one as well.

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ClaireM_W
Dec 04, 2012

The authenticity of the dialogue in the first couple chapters bogs one down. Mercifully, the chapters are short. The actual story then moves right along with interesting characters and details of the era. I didn't 'get' who did what to whom in the end. Freud came across as a very unlikeable jerk.

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rslade
Jun 09, 2011

A very interesting work, cleverly weaving historical fact, and the early tenets of psychoanalysis (psychiatry: the title is obviously a reference to Freud's "The Interpretation of Dreams") into a mystery story. Clever, but not unfair, plot twists. (Some may find the references to sexuality offensive, but it is realistic given the theories of the day.) Rubenfeld is probably an author to watch for.

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