The Interpretation of Murder

The Interpretation of Murder

A Novel

Book - 2006
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A serial killer strikes during Sigmund Freud's 1909 visit to New York City.
Publisher: New York : Henry Holt, 2006.
Edition: 1st ed. --
ISBN: 9780805080988
0805080988
Characteristics: 367 p.

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ktkat1949 Sep 25, 2014

I enjoyed this book. However, I found it dense with regard to all the psychoanalysis a subject I am not particularly interested in. There certainly were some great plot twists. The strange thing is that I really didn't care too much for the main characters but definitely enjoyed the young detective in the book. I hope he appears in the second one as well.

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ClaireM_W
Dec 04, 2012

The authenticity of the dialogue in the first couple chapters bogs one down. Mercifully, the chapters are short. The actual story then moves right along with interesting characters and details of the era. I didn't 'get' who did what to whom in the end. Freud came across as a very unlikeable jerk.

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rslade
Jun 09, 2011

A very interesting work, cleverly weaving historical fact, and the early tenets of psychoanalysis (psychiatry: the title is obviously a reference to Freud's "The Interpretation of Dreams") into a mystery story. Clever, but not unfair, plot twists. (Some may find the references to sexuality offensive, but it is realistic given the theories of the day.) Rubenfeld is probably an author to watch for.

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