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In the new novel in the iconic Max Liebermann
mystery series, master storyteller Frank Tallis delivers his
latest suspenseful and spellbinding tale set in the smoky
atmospheric world of fin de siecle Vienna.
Vienna, 1904.The body of a man―still sitting in a chair―is
discovered in an abandoned piano factory on the outskirts of
the city. He has been shot dead but his face has been
horribly disfigured with acid, making identification
impossible. In front of the body are three chairs positioned
conspicuously in a straight line. Who were the former
occupants? Had they sat in judgement and pronounced a
sentence of death?
Detective Inspector Oskar Rheinhardt calls on his good
friend Doctor Max Liebermann―psychiatrist and disciple of
Sigmund Freud―to assist in an investigation that draws them
both into the shadowy and sexually unconventional world of
fringe political activism. It is a world populated by
Bohemians, Utopian idealists, and anarchists, many of whom
endorse acts of terror to achieve their revolutionary aims.
When bomb-making equipment is found in a suburban basement,
the sinister Imperial intelligence bureau (who have been
secretly monitoring Rheinhardtâ€™s investigation) make
themselves known. A legendary anarchist known only by his
code name―Mephistopheles―is abroad in Vienna. An appalling
act of terror has been planned and time is running out.
Rheinhardt must hope that Liebermann, with his profound
knowledge of psychology and science, will be able to prevent
the coming catastrophe.
The latest novel in the iconic Max Liebermann mystery
series, Mephisto Waltz is a tale of murder,
romance, intrigue, and espionage set in the atmospheric
world of fin de siecle Vienna.
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