Author Frank Tallis combines gruesome crimes with the atmospheric world of fin-de-siècle Vienna. Vienna Blood is the second title in the Detective Oscar Rheinhardt series and continues the friendship of the analytical detective and the Freudian disciple, Dr. Max Liebermann. A serial killer is ritualistically butchering women. As the pair use the new sciences of forensics and psychoanalysis to investigate, they are hindered by the prejudices of their peers. The Weiner Kaffeehaus culture is wonderfully described, and will make you crave an Einspanner (dark coffee with whip cream) and Dobostort (an eight layer chocolate cake with whip cream). Contrasting that is the concern of these modern thinking men, searching for a killer who targets the vulnerable prostitutes who live in the dark side of beautiful Art Noveau Vienna.