The Interpretation of Murder

The Interpretation of Murder

A Novel

Book - 2006
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In this ingenious, suspenseful historical thriller, Sigmund Freud is drawn into the mind of a sadistic killer who is savagely attacking Manhattan's wealthiest heiresses
Inspired by Sigmund Freud's only visit to America, "The Interpretation of Murder" is an intricate tale of murder and the mind's most dangerous mysteries. It unfurls on a sweltering August evening in 1909 as Freud disembarks from the steamship George Washington, accompanied by Carl Jung, his rival and protege. Across town, in an opulent apartment high above the city, a stunning young woman is found dangling from a chandelier--whipped, mutilated, and strangled. The next day, a second beauty--a rebellious heiress who scorns both high society and her less adventurous parents--barely escapes the killer. Yet Nora Acton, suffering from hysteria, can recall nothing of her attack. Asked to help her, Dr. Stratham Younger, America's most committed Freudian analyst, calls in his idol, the Master himself, to guide him through the challenges of analyzing this high-spirited young woman whose family past has been as complicated as his own. "The Interpretation of Murder" leads readers from the salons of Gramercy Park, through secret passages, to Chinatown--even far below the currents of the East River where laborers are building the Manhattan Bridge. As Freud fends off a mysterious conspiracy to destroy him, Younger is drawn into an equally thrilling adventure that takes him deep into the subterfuges of the human mind. Richly satisfying, elegantly crafted, "The Interpretation of Murder" marks the debut of a brilliant, spectacularly entertaining new storyteller. "
Publisher: New York : H. Holt, c2006
ISBN: 9780805080988
9780312427054
Branch Call Number: RUBEN
Characteristics: 367 p

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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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