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Vienna Secrets: A Max Liebermann Mystery (Liebermann Papers #4)

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In Freud’s dangerous, dazzling Vienna of 1903, an ingenious doctor and an intrepid detective again challenge psychotic criminals across a landscape teetering between the sophisticated and the savage, the thrilling future and the primitive past.
On opposite sides of the city, two men are found beheaded on church grounds. Detective Inspector Oskar Reinhardt is baffled. Could
ebook, 400 pages
Published February 23rd 2010 by Random House (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 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 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 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 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.
After struggling through the first half it picked up the pace and got much more interesting the second half. Overall 3.5.
Heni Purwati Akbar
Too many difficult names, too many involved, less answered.
Kátia Cristina
Jun 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I can't stop reading the series. Each book is more gripping than the previous one.It's a must for the lovers of mystery.
Bonnie Brody
Feb 29, 2012 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.
Steven Belanger
Oct 30, 2016 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
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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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Other Books in the Series

Liebermann Papers (6 books)
  • A Death in Vienna (Liebermann Papers, #1)
  • Vienna Blood (Liebermann Papers, #2)
  • Fatal Lies (Liebermann Papers, #3)
  • Deadly Communion (Liebermann Papers, #5)
  • Death and the Maiden  (Liebermann Papers, #6)