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Darkness Rising (Liebermann Papers #4)

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Vienna, 1903. Outside one of the city's baroque churches the decapitated body of a monk is found. Shortly after, the remains of a municipal councillor are discovered - his head also ripped from his body. It transpires that both men were rabid anti-semites & suspicion falls on Vienna's close-knit community of Hassidic Jews.
Hardcover, 391 pages
Published January 8th 2009 by Century (first published January 1st 2009)
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Frank Tallis brings back young Max Lieberman for his fourth appearance in "Vienna Secrets." Lieberman, a psychiatrist and member of Sigmund Freud's growing group of followers is called upon once again to offer psychoanalytical insight to a series of troubling murders by his friend Oskar Reinhardt, an inspector with the Vienna Security Office.

Three bodies are found at the base of plague columns in very public locations about Vienna near well known churches. Each victim has been decapitated. Howev
Oct 31, 2012 Sara rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A grotesque pair of murders of prominent anti-Semites at first seem to be of supernatural origin, but as Liebermann and Rheinhardt investigate, a Jewish procurer is murdered and the increasingly complex trail leads to a human and mechanical explanation. Unlike book #3 of the Liebermann series which has a more accessible plot, this one circles in short vignettes and gradually closes upon its bizarre solution, revealed as Liebermann is foolishly sucked into a rather obvious trap.

The secrets here a
Christine Cody
Dec 28, 2015 Christine Cody rated it really liked it
Opening with the horrific discovery of a beheaded monk lying outside his church, this book involves secret societies, religious zealotry, and anti-Semitism in Vienna. As Reinhardt, Max, and others soon discover, this was no typical beheading: it appeared that someone (or something) had literally ripped the man’s head from the body. When two more beheadings take place, with similarities in all the crime scenes, Max begins to investigate on his own. Because wet mud appears at each crime scene, the ...more
Feb 27, 2010 Dave rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's obvious that Tallis loves these mysteries--the characters, the time period, the food, the atmosphere. He loves them so much he can't seem to leave anything out, and wants to make sure we have enough characters to personify what all is going on in turn-of-the-century Vienna. So we get very short chapters, each dealing with a few characters, for a few pages, and then it's a quick shift to a new bunch. It all comes together in the end, and this particular book in the series has a very interest ...more
Sep 25, 2016 Glenn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was good, but not great. first of the series I've read. Great use of location and era, but the story meanders.
Steven Belanger
Oct 30, 2016 Steven Belanger rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very entertaining book, #4 in the series, that was nominated for an Edgar Award in 2011. The mystery involves a few decapitated men, all in one way or another seen as enemies of Vienna Jews--the last one also being Jewish himself. There are the typical cast of characters, all of whom seem guilty in some way, until the real murderer shows himself towards the end. Max Liebermann gets out of that mess, solves the crime, solves a male patient's pseudo-pregnancy, and walks out of a meeting with his j ...more
Bonnie Brody
Feb 29, 2012 Bonnie Brody rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Vienna, 1903, is the pervasive ambiance of Frank Tallis' book, Vienna Secrets. The atmosphere is spellbinding in its depiction of the people, architecture, food, mores, culture, and religious discord of the time. It is also a literary thriller in its finest form.

Max Liebermann, psychoanalyst and protégé of Sigmund Freud, is the book's protagonist. He is a multi-faceted man of integrity and many talents. He is inquisitive, philosophical, a talented physician, a lover of music and a fine pianist.
Tonstant Weader
Nov 04, 2010 Tonstant Weader rated it liked it
This is the most explicit exploration of the rise of antisemitism and fascism, though of course, they are still far into the future. There's a lot of exploration of symbols and meaning and whether they can be used to mobilize people. The murders in this book are more political than in others and reach higher into the halls of power. Lieberman himself comes under attack when he blocks a priest from offering last rites to a dying patient who is happily contemplating his next drunken adventure, not ...more
Jan 12, 2015 Amanda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
'Even monks are prey to the usual human frailties - rivalry, envy, spite.'

'As she ascended the step, he held her gloved fingers in one hand and pressed the small of her back with the other. It was casual contact, accomplished with careless, practiced ease. He was used to touching her and she was used to being touched.'

'I spent the remainder of the afternoon browsing in the secondhand bookshops in the Jewish quarter. The booksellers- shriveled old men with white beards, all of whom were almost b
Aug 04, 2011 Ruth rated it liked it
"Published in 2009, Mr Tallis is a practising clinical pyschologist and the blurb on the back cover indicates that he is ""one of Britain's leading experts on obsessional states"". I found the pacing of the story to be sedate as opposed to the ""romping tale"" described by the Scotland on Sunday, with a great deal of obsession focussed on the food - it seemed to me that this was mentioned in most chapters of the book. Clearly a literary device - for me it seemed to detract from the plotlines (pr ...more
Apr 25, 2010 harshv rated it it was ok
Dr. Liebermann and Inspector Rheinhardt team up for the fourth time to rid Vienna of a murderer whose modus operandi suggests superhuman strength, and whose targets imply a racial motivation at a time where Jews are increasingly being targeted as undesirables by Viennese politicians and religious leaders. Sprinkle in Dr. Liebermann's confused romantic leanings towards a past patient, a racially motivated attack on his professional conduct, a wealthy banker with too much money (how times have cha ...more
Cátia Santos
Feb 15, 2012 Cátia Santos rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2012-reads
Sempre que decido ler um livro de Frank Tallis, sei que vou passar bons momentos na companhia, pois os livros do mesmo são bem escritos e com um enredo inteligente e estimulante. E foi precisamente isso que aconteceu mais uma vez.
Neste livro temos uma série de assassinatos de motivação religiosa, além de uma acontecimento inesperado na vida profissional do Liebermann. Tais aspectos vão fazer que o mesmo tenha de se aproximar das suas origens religiosas.
Como sempre achei fascinante os raciocini
Anna Bergmark
Oct 30, 2016 Anna Bergmark rated it really liked it
The main character in this series is neither Liebermann or Rheinhardt, it's Vienna itself, Freud's Vienna, so how fitting... it's got dark inner workings and multiple personalities.

It's a highly cultural and well ordered place brimming with cozy little coffee houses. The dirt cheap hookers don't eat cake with whipped cream though and the immigrants living down in the sewers don't visit the museums.

And on one hand there's something new in the air, within both art and science, and women are begin
Alison C
Dec 09, 2015 Alison C rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Darkness Rising," the fourth Liebermann Papers novel by Frank Tallis, opens with the grisly discovery of a monk whose head has literally been torn from his shoulders, a feat seemingly beyond human capabilities altogether. As Detective Inspector Rheinhardt investigates, he learns that the apparently well-loved monk had another side to his nature, that of a virulent anti-Semitic who wrote inflammatory articles in an effort to discredit Jews in Vienna. At the same time, Rheinhardt’s friend, Jewish ...more
Apr 06, 2012 Jeremy rated it liked it
A very clever tale. It starts with a monk being found murdered, but the problem is that his head has been torn off. A Jewish doctor stops a catholic priest from administering the last rights to his dying patient and he the event is blown out of all proportion by the hospital. Growing anti Jewish feelings amongst the population of Austria is starting to be noticed by all. The discovery of a medical laboratory in an used part of a synagogue with body parts, potions and earth. Has a Golem has been ...more
Alison Hardtmann
Nov 21, 2016 Alison Hardtmann rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-but-unowned
Vienna Secrets is the fourth book in a mystery series set in fin-de-siecle Vienna featuring Max Liebermann, a Jewish Psychologist and Oskar Rheinhardt, a police inspector.

A decapitated body of a well-loved priest is found next to a plague column in the center of Vienna. The head was seemingly removed by sheer force, yet there are few indications that the victim resisted what had to have been a particularly brutal way to die. Rheinhardt and Liebermann search for the murderer even as more bodies a
I really liked this fourth book in Liebermann Papers. Actually, I think it's the best in the series so far.
Maxim is such an intelligent and talented professional. He always surprises me. His intuition is marvellous.
I was quite sad, though to read about his problems at the General Hospital - what a conspiracy. I became very stressed when I found out that Max's actions had taken enormous proportions.
During the reading of the book I remember thinking quite regularly how is it that the human being
May 21, 2011 Chazzle rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Without a doubt, Frank Tallis knows how to write.

Yes, it's a murder mystery, but it's so much more. The complementary team of Detective Inspector Oskar Reihnhardt and psychiatrist Max Liebermann solve a really bizarre series of three murders. Fans of, say, Joseph Campbell, or say, Dan Brown's Robert Langdon, will enjoy the interpretation of symbols, which mostly occur in dreams in this fine novel. Set in early twentieth century Vienna, Sigmund Freud also plays a role in the story. The collectiv
I don't seem to be able to add an "anti-semitism" section or tab to my bookshelves. I do hope a new trend is not starting. At any rate, someone used the legend of the golem to create murder and havoc to the Viennese scene in this book. It wasn't difficult. Plenty existed anyway, and calling it to the fore got plenty of automatic attention from those who felt that they and their country were suffering because of the Jews. It was pure suspense as Dr. Lieberman's investigation begins to take shape. ...more
Nov 20, 2012 Betty rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime, austria
Fourth in a very good series set in the early 1900s in Vienna. This one was not my favorite, and I think I just need a bit more time between reads. One's dread from knowing what will come to Vienna in just one generation is stoked with the continual focus on anti-Semitism. Indeed, I recommend reading the memoir/family history by Edmund de Waal, "The Hare with Amber Eyes" to get a multi-generational view. "Vienna Secrets" felt a tiny bit padded what with a case of obsession analyzed by Dr. Max Li ...more
Feb 13, 2011 Maria rated it liked it
Shelves: mysteries
This one didn't quite hold together; there's enough material for two books here: one about Lieberman's personal and professional problems, and the other about the murders, the Jewish community, and anti-Semitism in Viennese society. When there are too many characters and yet you can still easily guess who the murderer is and how he did it, you know the author didn't pay enough attention to the mystery. In this case it was because Tallis was trying to link Lieberman's personal life to the murders ...more
Jun 12, 2009 Vivienne rated it really liked it

Over these last few months I've become a real fan of Frank Tallis' historical murder mysteries. This one returned to a more arcane mystery in which the sceptical Liebermann is drawn into the world of Jewish mysticism and forced to examine his feelings about his own cultural heritage.

It also continues the theme of anti-Semitism and racial intolerance in the period, which in contrast to the idealistic Liebermann we know will culminate in the Holocaust as the century progresses.

Tallis also continu
Ellis Katz
May 23, 2013 Ellis Katz rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
Compelling mystery about the bizarre murders of Catholic monks in Vienna during the 19th Century. What makes the murders so bizarre is that the victims' heads are literally torn off. Enter Max Liebermann, a medical doctor who has a way of getting involved in unusual murder cases. The case is so strange, that Liebermann enlists the help of his medical school colleague, Sigmund Freud to get to the bottom of things. Events get more and more complex, but, unfortunately, I figured out "who done it" b ...more
Jul 18, 2010 Emily rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2010
This is probably the strongest entry in Tallis's series yet. In some of the earlier volumes, Liebermann's professional life seems to fall so far by the wayside that you wonder how he keeps his job. Here, his work as a doctor is integrated into a subplot linked to the social issues driving the murders. The precious descriptions of cafes and pastries remain, but there are more good passages about classical music and Liebermann's efforts to become a better pianist. Miss Lydgate, unfortunately, does ...more
Feb 03, 2012 Holly rated it really liked it
I loved the story--this series is one of my new favorites. I especially enjoy the little details of the Vienna music scene in the 1900's. But I read it on my Kindle, and whoever or whatever was responsible for putting it in e-book format did a horrible job. One main character's name is consistently rendered as two separate words, which became unbelievably irritating [note to editor: her name is Lydgate...NOT Lyd gate]. By all means read the book, but my suggestion is to read the print version if ...more
Apr 05, 2010 Frederica rated it really liked it
A compelling, thought provoking mystery set in 1903 Vienna that combines Freud and the analysis of dreams, a look at the pervasive anti-semitism of the times, references to the stunning achitecture of the city and lovely descriptions of eating various strudels and zwiebelrostbraten in famous coffee houses and cafes make this a very satisfying read. The title of my copy is Vienna Secrets Volume Four of the Liebermann Papers which is different than the one listed on goodreads. Now I can't wait to ...more
I'm not sure I liked this installment of the Liebermann series as much as the previous ones. I felt like it really took a while for the plot to get going, and I found my attention wandering until close to the halfway point. Once the plot seemed to move along a little better, I found the subject matter of Jewish mysticism in central Europe to pretty interesting. However, I also felt the character development was lacking--I felt like the development of Liebermann and Rheinhardt's characters seemed ...more
Period mystery -- Vienna, 1903 -- involving Christian vs. Jews, with mention of possible bears. Threaded throughout is Freud and Freudian analysis, which doesn't really assist solving the crime. Scrambled eggs, in other words, mostly interesting to fans of Mitteleuropa.
Oct 13, 2011 Ernest rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was an interesting mystery in a historical setting, but there were a little too many psychoanalytical aspects which tended at times to bog the book down. Despite this, it would be difficult to remove them from the book as they make up an important part of a main character and indeed of the undercurrent of the book.
Oct 09, 2010 Laura rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, 2010
Pros: Tallis's loving description of pastries, his meticulous rendering of the times and cultural attitudes of Vienna, and the B plot involving Liebermann. Cons: His writing is just not very good, and the A plot was boring, I saw it coming a mile away. All in all, I read them for Vienna (and the food).
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Aka F.R. Tallis.

Dr. Frank Tallis is a writer and clinical psychologist. He has held lecturing posts in clinical psychology and neuroscience at the Institute of Psychiatry and King's College, London. He has written self help manuals (How to Stop Worrying, Understanding Obsessions and Compulsions) non-fiction for the general reader (Changing Minds, Hidden Minds, Love Sick), academic text books and o
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Liebermann Papers (6 books)
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