In 1902, elegant Vienna is the city of the new century, the center of discoveries in everything from the writing of music to the workings of the human mind. But now a brutal homicide has stunned its citizens and appears to have bridged the gap between science and the supernatural. Two very different sleuths from opposite ends of the spectrum will need to combine their talents to solve the boggling crime: Detective Oskar Rheinhardt, who is on the cutting edge of modern police work, and his friend Dr. Max Liebermann, a follower of Sigmund Freud and a pioneer on new frontiers of psychology. As a team they must use both hard evidence and intuitive analysis to solve a medium's mysterious murder-one that couldn't have been committed by anyone alive.
"An engrossing portrait of a legendary period as well as a brain teaser of startling perplexity . . . In Tallis's sure hands, the story evolves with grace and excitement. . . . A perfect combination of the hysterical past and the cooler-but probably more dangerous-present."-Chicago Tribune
"[An] elegant historical mystery . . . stylishly presented and intelligently resolved."
-The New York Times Book Review
"[A Death in Vienna is] a winner for its smart and flavorsome fin-de-siÃ¨cle portrait of the seat of the Austro-Hungarian empire, and for introducing Max Liebermann, a young physician who is feverish with the possibilities of the new science of psychoanalysis."-The Washington Post
"Frank Tallis knows what he's writing about in this excellent mystery. . . . His writing and feel for the period are top class."
-The Times (London)