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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: January 2012 ISBN: 9781482981971
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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 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 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 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 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. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sherry Ruppelt | 1/15/2014

    " These historical mysteries take place in Vienna at the turn of the century. Psychoanalysis is just beginning. Herr Doktor Freud is a minor character in the novel. Detective Reinhardt and Dr. Max Liebermann, a proponent of Freud's theories, band together to solve murder and mystery. Captivating writing, great suspense! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Linda | 1/12/2014

    " I really love these books. Vienna, there's no place like it! Wonderful depth of characterization. I am ready for #4. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laura | 1/5/2014

    " The best one in the series so far. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Renee | 1/1/2014

    " A good mystery. With the tragedies that happen when telling lies. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karmen | 12/12/2013

    " Mystified as to Pergel's whereabouts "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Roxane | 11/19/2013

    " Not my favorite in the series (this is the 3rd). The detail of the locale and era is amazing (as in the previous books). However - there were parts that were so pretentious I found myself rolling my eyes at what I was reading...it did take away some of the enjoyment. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Wayne | 11/6/2013

    " My second reading in the Liebermann series. Fatal Lies is superior to Mortal Mischief: suspenseful right to the end, great characterization, colourful evocation of early 20th century Vienna. Very well written and very entertaining. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jpucino | 11/1/2013

    " I read this on my Kindle & it was fabulous! Great story, suspense, and very engaging! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Martha | 10/31/2013

    " this is another great book in this series that takes place in the early 1900s in Vienna. Freud once again makes an appearance so so do Ink Blot tests. there are two story lines going that are both interesting and suspenseful. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Emily | 5/20/2013

    " another great read by Frank Tallis. This series transports the reader to turn of the century Vienna. Highly recomended! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Prakash Loungani | 3/15/2013

    " Set in turn-of-the-century Vienna. The author tries to cram in too much. Still I liked it well enough to want to read the two other books in the series. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amweatherill | 3/4/2013

    " Book 3 of the Liebermann files with Inspector Rheinhardt in turn of the 20th century Vienna. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marianne V | 11/26/2012

    " Detective Oskar Reinhardt and his young friend, Dr. Max Lieberman, solve some crimes in a military school in turn of the century Vienna. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cyndee | 9/30/2012

    " A bit disappointing. Not nearly as good as the first 2 in the series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bookmarks Magazine | 9/26/2012

    " Reviewers found Fatal Lies to be a thoroughly satisfying follow-up to the previous books in Tallis's series. As usual, they enjoyed Tallis's work not only for his still-rewarding device of a psychoanalytic amateur detective but also for his meticulously detailed depiction of fin-de-si_ "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lynne Elsisy | 2/9/2012

    " Excellent - didn't realise this was part of a series - will definitely read more "

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About the Author
Author Frank Tallis

F. R . Tallis is a writer and clinical psychologist. He has received or been nominated for numerous awards, including the New London Writers’ Award, the Ellis Peters Historical Dagger, the Elle Prix de Letrice, the CWA Historical Dagger Award, and two Edgar Awards.

About the Narrator

Robert Fass is a veteran actor and twice winner of the prestigious Audie Award for best narration. He has earned numerous Earphones Awards, including one for his narration of Francisco Goldman’s Say Her Name, which was named one of AudioFile magazine’s Best Audiobooks of 2011. He has given voice to modern and classic fiction writers alike, including Ray Bradbury, Joyce Carol Oates, Isaac Asimov, Jeffrey Deaver, and John Steinbeck, as well as to nonfiction works in history, memoir, health, journalism, and business.