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A spellbinding literary thriller about terror, war, greed,
and the darkest secrets of the human soul, by the author of
the million-copy bestseller The Interpretation of Murder.
Under a clear blue September sky, America's financial center
in lower Manhattan became the site of the largest, deadliest
terrorist attack in the nation's history. It was September
16, 1920. Four hundred people were killed or injured. The
country was appalled by the magnitude and savagery of the
incomprehensible attack, which remains unsolved to this day.
The bomb that devastated Wall Street in 1920 explodes in the
opening pages of The Death Instinct, Jed Rubenfeld's
provocative and mesmerizing new novel. War veteran Dr.
Stratham Younger and his friend Captain James Littlemore of
the New York Police Department are caught on Wall Street on
the fateful day of the blast. With them is the beautiful
Colette Rousseau, a French radiochemist whom Younger meets
while fighting in the world war. A series of inexplicable
attacks on Rousseau, a secret buried in her past, and a
mysterious trail of evidence lead Young, Littlemore, and
Rousseau on a thrilling international and psychological
journey-from Paris to Prague, from the Vienna home of Dr.
Sigmund Freud to the corridors of power in Washington, D.C.,
and ultimately to the hidden depths of our most savage
instincts. As the seemingly disjointed pieces of what
Younger and Littlemore learn come together, the two uncover
the shocking truth behind the bombing.
Blending fact and fiction in a brilliantly convincing
narrative, Jed Rubenfeld has forged a gripping historical
mystery about a tragedy that holds eerie parallels to our
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