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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (324 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Frank Tallis Narrator: Robert Fass Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Liebermann Papers Series Release Date:
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In glittering turn-of-the-century Vienna, brutal instinct and refined intellect fight for supremacy. The latest, most disturbing example: the mysterious and savage death of a young cadet in the most elite of military academies, St. Florian’s. Even using his cutting-edge investigative techniques, Detective Inspector Oskar Rheinhardt cannot crack the school’s closed and sadistic world. He must again enlist the aid of his frequent ally, Dr. Max Liebermann, an expert in Freudian psychology. But how can Liebermann help when he a crisis of his own: handling his conflicted and forbidden feelings for two different women, one a former patient? As the case unfolds, powerful forces will stop at nothing to keep a dark secret.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Frank Tallis has surged to the front of the field riding his dark horse, Vienna in the last days of the Austro-Hungarian Empire…While it’s always a delight to visit the ballrooms where Strauss is played and the opera house where Mahler is rehearsing and the coffeehouses where ideas are devoured mit Schlag, this smart series has far more to offer than decorative charm.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “Tallis’s singular achievement is to bring vividly to life many of the glories and dangers of a great city at a crucial moment in its history…Immensely satisfying…The author delights us with rich, often gorgeous prose…[He] has an exceptional ability to move seamlessly among varied plot elements, characters, and emotions…If you’re looking for the best in popular fiction, it’s well worth seeking out.”

    Washington Post

  • “Another immensely satisfying novel in Frank Tallis’ intelligent and subtle Dr. Liebermann/Inspector Rheinhardt series…Dense, engrossing…A fine adventure.”

    Boston Globe

  • “St. Florian’s Military Academy outside Vienna serves as the forbidding backdrop for Tallis’s stellar third historical to feature Inspector Oskar Rheinhardt and Dr. Max Liebermann…Several late twists lead to a startling resolution of this compelling tale.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “What is basically a murder mystery becomes something quite extraordinary as Tallis skillfully weaves in the politics, history, music, and social customs of turn-of-the-century Vienna. Another outstanding entry in an erudite and mesmerizing series; a must for historical-mystery devotees.”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • A 2010 Barry Award Nominee for Best Paperback Original

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Susan | 2/20/2014

    " I was surprised at how much I enjoyed this. The wordplay, the location, the psychoanalysis, the literary references...all delightful. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Kenneth Fredette | 2/19/2014

    " I think this would make an interesting movie. It's full of really good stuff, like Libermann's visit with Freud. And his affair with a spy. I would suggest this as a good book to read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Peter | 1/21/2014

    " My favorite so far of this series set in Freud's Vienna. Lots of good mystery, classical music, Viennese pastry, psychology and mayhem. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Ann Kennedy | 1/20/2014

    " Loved this one - this author has a great command of Vienna in the early 1900's. The story moves right along, pulling no punches. I definitely recommend this series. "

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