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A Death in Vienna: A Max Liebermann Mystery (2005 original; edició 2007)

de Frank Tallis (Autor)

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It is Vienna at the beginning of the last century, and Dr Max Liebermann is a young psychoanalyst - and disciple of Freud. Psychoanalysis is only just developing and viewed with a mixture of excitement and suspicion. The world of 1900s Vienna is one where philosophy, science and art are at their most exciting and flourishing, with the coffee shops full of men and women debating the latest cultural and political theories. Liebermann's good friend Oskar Rheinhardt is a Detective Inspector - hard working, but lacking Liebermann's insights and forensic eye and so it is through Rheinhardt that Libermann is called upon to help with police investigations surrounding the death of a beautiful young medium, in what seems at first to be supernatural circumstances. While Liebermann attempts to get to the bottom of the mystery, he also must decide whether he is to follow his father's advice and marry the beautiful but reserved Clara.… (més)
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Títol:A Death in Vienna: A Max Liebermann Mystery
Autors:Frank Tallis (Autor)
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A principios del siglo pasado, Viena asiste impávida al asesinato de una conocida médium. Todos los indicios conducen a pensar que su muerte se debe a una causa... sobrenatural. Sin embargo, el inspector Oskar Rheinhardt se nieva a aceptar tal posibilidad y solicita el consejo del doctor Max Liebermann, un joven psiquiatra que acaba de introducirse en los círculos psicoanalíticos. Las primeras pesquisas no arrojan ninguna luz sobre los hechos y Liebermann se da cuenta de qu no basta con adentrarse en la mente del asesino. En el transcurso de una de sus reuniones con Sigmund Freud, el maestro le dará la clave para emprender una investigación que lo llevará a descubrir una verdad incómoda y aterradora.
  Natt90 | Nov 29, 2022 |
Disappointing. I'd assumed something with a TV adaptation might have a spark that this was lacking. The prose and characterisation are good, but the plot and the mystery and sorely lacking. Multiple tired tropes are invoked (the locked room mystery, the vanishing bullet, the closed circle of suspects etc).

The presentation of Freudian psychology (particularly dream interpretation) as some sort of infallible science is laughable at times, especially when used to justify a situation of artificial peril at the climax. As a device to warm over another cold trope of the Holmesian problem-solving genius it doesn't really work because we live in a world where crimes are simply not solved that way.

The mystery is solved extremely quickly, late in the book, by the main love interest and it's made clear that if someone of similar skills had known the details earlier there would have been no book to write. The identity of the killer was clear to me from far earlier once we saw their access to materials used in the commission of the crime.

It was also a bit of a slow slog, only gathering pace and interest in the final act. Not for me. ( )
  ElegantMechanic | May 28, 2022 |
Frank Tallis writes an extremely descriptive and thought provoking novel. His novels have been adapted by PBS into a series called Vienna Blood. The novel outranks the television series immensely. One of the distractions in the novel is the frequent use of German for coffee, desserts, and buildings. Frank Tallis should have added a glossary. The detailed description of the setting and characters embellished the story. Of course, I had seen the PBS episode and knew many of the sequences and the mystery of the locked door and absence of a bullet. The introduction of Sigmund Freud and his psychoanalysis proved very interesting. I adored the Jewish jokes of Freud. Music provides a dramatic sense of relief during the most gruesome aspects of the novel. Oskar sings and Max plays the piano to express their love of music. A hint of the melody floats through the pages. The dark side of life appears in the treatment of women and in the hatred toward the Jewish community. I would love to be drinking coffee and savoring a Viennese pastry. ( )
  delphimo | Apr 3, 2022 |
Enthralling murder mystery set in fin de siècle Vienna. The two protagonists, Inspector Rheinhardt, aided by the young psychiatrist, Dr. Max Liebermann, investigate the death of a noted medium. The murder took place in a locked room, with no trace of the bullet that killed her. It did enter her body, but where is it? I enjoyed the descriptions of the Vienna of that time, also the interplay between the two main characters and glimpses into their personal lives. Each man supports the other. Liebermann's psychological insights come in handy. They get unexpected help from a young Englishwoman, Miss Lydgate, who has come to Vienna to study with a famous doctor.

Highly recommended. ( )
  janerawoof | Jan 29, 2022 |
Vienna, early twentieth century. A beautiful medium is found dead in a locked room, shot through the heart and with an apparent suicide note on the table, but where is the weapon? Inspector Rheinhardt of the Viennese security office is put on the case, but because he and his assistant Haussmann are quite baffled by the case, Rheinhardt asks his good friend Max Liebermann, a young psychiatrist, for help.

I came to this book via the BBC series Vienna Blood and because it is so well executed decided to read the novels. What a good decision that was, because there is so much more to explore in the novel, including some fascinating historical scientific facts. While by no means a page turner, the rather sedate pace suits the setting and atmosphere rather well, though I expect it is also responsible for the average rating of only three and a half stars. Tallis has clearly done his research, and without knowing Vienna personally, the setting and evocation of turn-of-the-century atmosphere appear flawless, even though he does get carried slightly away at times and some of the descriptions could easily have been cut without detracting from the experience. The characterisations are superb and the characters fully three dimensional, no doubt owing to the author's ability to observe and describe human nature (he is a qualified clinical psychologist). I thought the solution to the mystery was rather original, and apparently based on a real case, as explained in the author's note.

While having an odd couple as investigating detectives is nothing new, I thought the pairing of Oskar Rheinhardt and Max Liebermann was given novelty value by making Liebermann a disciple of Sigmund Freud and practising psychiatrist, a medical discipline that was still very much in its infancy at the time the novel is set. I was particularly glad to see that the character of Amelia Lydgate is given far more prominence in the book than in the TV series; in fact, it is due to her intelligence and inquisitive nature that the case was solved at all!

I will definitely continue with the series and am looking forward to reading Vienna Blood later in the year. ( )
  passion4reading | Jan 13, 2022 |
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It is Vienna at the beginning of the last century, and Dr Max Liebermann is a young psychoanalyst - and disciple of Freud. Psychoanalysis is only just developing and viewed with a mixture of excitement and suspicion. The world of 1900s Vienna is one where philosophy, science and art are at their most exciting and flourishing, with the coffee shops full of men and women debating the latest cultural and political theories. Liebermann's good friend Oskar Rheinhardt is a Detective Inspector - hard working, but lacking Liebermann's insights and forensic eye and so it is through Rheinhardt that Libermann is called upon to help with police investigations surrounding the death of a beautiful young medium, in what seems at first to be supernatural circumstances. While Liebermann attempts to get to the bottom of the mystery, he also must decide whether he is to follow his father's advice and marry the beautiful but reserved Clara.

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