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Vienna Blood

(Liebermann Papers #2)

3.78  ·  Rating details ·  1,133 ratings  ·  147 reviews
Mayat terpotongpembunuhan dengan mutilasimemunculkan berbagai simbol aneh, juga latar belakang korban yang acak. Dalam cekaman musim dingin Siberia 1902, Wina diguncangkan oleh pembunuhan berantai. Sang murid Freud, detektif psikoanalis Dr. Max Liebermann, kembali harus membantu sahabatnya, Inspektur Detektif Oskar Rheinhardt, memecahkan misteri rumit ini.

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Published July 2007 by Qanita (Mizan Group) (first published May 4th 2006)
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May 25, 2010 rated it it was ok
Vienna Blood is the sequel to Death In Vienna. The beginning presents an intriguing case that is tossed at the reader like a scattered deck of cards and over a course of many pages, begins to form a well-played hand. Reminiscent of a Sherlock Holmes detective story, Vienna Blood is packed full of historical detail and delivers an intelligent and well-written mystery. Tallis draws on case comparisons to Jack the Ripper when tracking a serial killer. Also, other fascinating historical persons ...more
Oct 18, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: those interested in antecedents of Nazism
Brilliantly conceived and written, and also enlightening historically. A series of serial killings in Vienna in 1902 seems insoluble since there is no discernible pattern linking those killed...and the anaconda Hildegard, Emperor Franz Josef's favorite snake in the zoo, is one of the victims. What does the murder of a snake have to do with that of three prostitutes and a madam, of a Czech chicken seller found with a padlock in his throat, of a Nubian servant? Liebermann's night at the opera with ...more
Aug 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I liked this one better than the first one in the series and I liked that one also! Set in one of my favorite cities, Vienna (in 1902), it's got Viennese pastries, music, murders, Viennese pastries, art, Mozart, Viennese pastries, compelling protagonists, psychoanalysis, Viennese pastries, Freemasons, atmosphere, and Viennese pastries.
Jan 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Even better than the first episode in this series that I really liked a lot, I'm looking forward to the third episode.
Tory Wagner
Dec 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery
Vienna Blood by Frank Tallis is an elegantly written murder mystery that was a joy to read. There is plenty of blood and gore, but the layers of Viennese society are so elegantly portrayed that the violence fits the well written mystery. Tallis mixes real characters such as Sigmund Freud with fictional characters in a tale that is reminiscent of the unsolved Jack the Ripper murders.
Paul Weiss
Historical mystery, travelogue, social and political commentary ... what a smorgasbord!

Dateline Vienna 1902, location - the sprawling majestic Schönnbrunn Palace's Tiergarten Zoo. Detective Oskar Reinhardt is called to the scene of a grisly slaying - the cruel killing of a 30 foot long anaconda that has been cut into three sections with a saber. But even such an unprecedented bizarre case must fade into the background when Reinhardt is faced with the brutal maniacal slaying of a brothel's madam
May 05, 2008 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I found this book frustrating/irritating, because the author was constantly describing things that are hard to describe in words, such as music and paintings and food. The book needs illustrations! And maybe an accompanying CD of German art-songs and opera excerpts!

It would make an exciting movie (in the style of "The Illusionist," perhaps) or BBC miniseries. It has great settings - the opera house, the coffee shops, the reptile house at the zoo, the underground sewers (shades of Les Miz and
Jan 30, 2008 rated it liked it
This is the second installment of Tallis's murder mystery psychoanalytical series pairing up homicide detective Reinhardt and Freudian psychologist Leibermann. A serial killer has been unleashed in Vienna - massacring innocent victims with unspeakable violence. As Reinhardt seeks out the murderer, a secret Masonic society is carrying on in the Austrian underground. Leibermann works with a patient suffering from a delusion that a wealthy monarch is in love with him and that her every move is ...more
Jul 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Published in 2003, Vienna Blood offers all the elements of a first-rate historical mystery. The setting--early 20th century Viennacomes alive as Tallis' protagonist Dr. Liebermann provides insights into the rash of murders that detective Oskar Rheinhardt is charged with solving. Using his profession as a psychiatrist to suss out the motivation of the murder, Liebermann overcomes the society's undercurrent of anti-semitism, takes advantage of modern scientific insights, and even borrows Sigmund ...more
Dora Okeyo
Mar 04, 2016 rated it really liked it
Oh! How I loved this book!
Let me give you two reasons why: Sigmund Freud.
Yes, there's a serial killer running loose in the streets of Vienna and the Inspector consults Dr. Liebermann who happens to be a Psychiatrist and somewhere along the way, the doctor consults Professor Sigmund Freud, as a Psychology major I nearly died a sweet death right there! My dreams are valid in saying that I would have loved to meet the man, and also Carl Jung, but the mastermind behind the killings is unveiled in a
This book was much better - a traditional thriller with psychological overtones. It explores rising ethnic tensions within the Habsburg empire.

The relationship b/w former patient Amelia Lydgate and Max Lieberman continues to grow as she becomes a police contributor.
Jack Hrkach
To begin, I have a habit of reading detective and sometimes spy fiction in a given city before I visit. Why? Spies infiltrate governments, thieves lurk in get the picture.

The fiction may be well-written, suspense-filled, engaging, or...not. But if nothing else I can follow the action through different parts of cities I am about to explore (or not - COVID-19).

I read Frank Tallis's Death in Vienna week before last and liked it very much intelligent and suspenseful, a cut above much
Penny Crichton-Seager
Absolutely loved it and every bit as good as the first in the series. It takes the reader into the fascinating world of fin de siècle Viennese Cafe Society, with pastries and coffee liberally strewn throughout. If you are a lover of music, particularly Austrian, then there is plenty to enjoy before you begin to fathom out the murders and the interwoven intriguing, horrifying, beginnings of Nazism are extraordinarily educational. The plot is similar to the Da Vinci code in its intracacy, but well ...more
Gabriela Francisco
This is the second book in The Liebermann Papers series, and the third one I've read. The author, Frank Tallis, manages to make 1902 Vienna come alive with historically accurate descriptions of Mahler's conducting, Freud's lectures, and most importantly, the detailed write ups of Viennese coffee houses and desserts!!

Gorgeous setting, check! Mouth-watering dessert descriptions, check check! Intelligent dialogue and well-constructed plot, triple check!

And instead of Sherlock Holmes and Doctor
I found this one almost boring at times. I did enjoy reading it, and I (coincidentally) ended up reading it while I was in Vienna, so that was kind of fun. I got to actually see some of the places mentioned, but it also turned out that my hotel was just around the corner from the Anatomical Institute and Schottering. There's a police station near there, so in my mind that will be the one that was there 100 years ago.

So while I enjoyed the setting, I found the story was a bit slow to get going.
Susan Elizabetha
Feb 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is a remarkable book. Vienna in the early twentieth century where the story takes place sounds beautiful. But greed and intrigue are about as politicians, Universities, hospitals vie for money and power. Here Doctor Max Lieberman and Inspector Oskar Reinholdt solve the gruesome crimes by decapitation. Who could perform these gruesome acts and how did they accomplish the crime? It is also the story about anti-Semitism, while temporarily diverted in this story. It would soon gain more ...more
Nov 02, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
Vienna Blood is not a murder mystery book. It's a historical murder book with an emphasis on the historical. I mean how many other detective novels have a list of sources as an annex? Now this wouldn't be problematic if the writing and pacing had been well done. Instead this reads like someone's master's thesis on Austria in the early 1900's with references to a bunch of personae that were historically relevant but have little to do with the tale (ex. Freud). Not to mention the obsession with ...more
Jan 25, 2019 rated it liked it
A complex historical mystery featuring Detective Oskar Reinhardt and psychologist Dr. Max Liebermann. It is the second of this series that I have read.

The story takes place in the early 1900s in Vienna. It appears there is a serial killer on the loose when more than one body shows up wearing a strange cross on its body. Reinhardt follows new criminal procedures while Max tries to suss out the type of person who would do these killings.

The hunt takes them into a strange religious operation,
Joan Friedman
Great atmosphere, mediocre plot

The plot is far-fetched and the psychoanalysis too obvious and superficial. But most of all I am tired of authors who trivialize Jewish life so that their sensitive, intellectual protagonists prove their merit appealing by rejecting it. Worse, Jewish women are made to epitomize all that is wrong with the community. Is there really any reason why the author couldn't imagine his alter ego encountering a Jewish woman just as intellectual as Miss Lydgate?
Jun 21, 2017 rated it it was ok
Fairly obvious thriller set in Vienna in 1902. Because of when and where it's set, you can bet that one of the main investigators of crime is a psychiatrist, and that he meets and discusses some of his cases with Dr. Freud. Also, there is a lot of foreshadowing that the seeds of Naziism are at work. There is some nice discussion of the State Opera House, which I took of tour of last week, and the importance of The Marriage of Figaro to the plot.
Jun 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Bloodier than the first book, and better: this time there is a musical serial killer in Vienna! Inspector Rheinhardt and Dr. Liebermann are shocked and appalled to realize they are looking for a Mozart-hating murderer. Who can even fathom such a thing? After worriedly munching on pastries in Viennese cafés and trading jokes with Dr. Freud, they are able to pull themselves together and solve the case with psychoanalysis. It's as fantastic as it sounds.
Dec 29, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What I particularly like in this book is the attention to details about the period , life in Vienna at the time, reconstruction of social, political atmosphere and events. It mixed well several socio-economic and cultural strands of the Viennese society and time and that made it an engaging read. Characters were well drawn. The action and story unfolding from multiple angles and characters made it a page turner where you want to find out what happens next. I will be reading more in the series.
Mar 20, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Really enjoyed this turn of the century CSI. It is written in the style of a turn of the century classic and is a wonderful exploration of Vienna.

As has been mentioned, it might help a bit to have a better understanding of the historical references and names in the book, but it didn't detract from things too much.

Really enjoyed it!
Dec 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library
So here's the one I started first, and it's every bit as good as the previous.

Rather a Jack the Ripper mystery except involving The Magic Flute (so glad BTW for that wonderful Ingmar Bergman version from the '70's - can't tell you how many times I saw that). Quite the combo. Heh.

You say there are more? *pricks up ears*
Feb 10, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: mysteries
I started reading the books because I enjoyed the PBS series. This was quite good, a little darker than the series. I liked the portrayal of turn-of-the-century Vienna, with all the class and religious clashes. The characters are well-drawn. The solution was a little off but I'll read more of these.
Feb 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
A satisfying read. This book moves along with POV moving among characters and progress slowly happening. When Max solves the who-done-it, its wait, what just happened! All in all, a well written, plotted book. ...more
Donal O'Neill
Main story is a bit of a drag, however subplots offer insight into Vienna at the turn of the century and rise of anti-semitism . Ending leaves some of these subplots unresolved. It will be interesting to see how series progresses from here
Chris Evans
Jun 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
I have read the book twice once when just out and again this year, a great story well written, historical facts and takes you back to Vienna at the beginning of the 1900s
Really enjoyed it both times and may read again in a few years after the other books by same author.
Apr 06, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed read this story and the characters were good.
Mumtaz Ritonga
Jul 19, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: literature
Not a recommended detective story
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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

Other books in the series

Liebermann Papers (7 books)
  • A Death in Vienna (Liebermann Papers, #1)
  • Fatal Lies (Liebermann Papers, #3)
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  • Deadly Communion (Liebermann Papers, #5)
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