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The Death Instinct Hardcover – January 20, 2011
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From Publishers Weekly
Starred Review. The 1920 bombing of Wall Street, the most deadly act of terrorism in the United States until the Oklahoma blast of 1995, provides the framework for Rubenfeld's excellent follow-up to The Interpretation of Murder. The sweeping plot details the baffling hunt for those responsible for the death and injury of more than 400 New Yorkers. Numerous intriguing subplots snake out from the main story line, several of which bring such historical figures as Marie Curie, famous for her radium experiments, and Sigmund Freud, who had a significant role in the previous book, to life. Rubenfeld deftly wends his way through the shifting landscape with a historian's factual touch and a storyteller's eye for the dramatic and telling. Readers will be enthralled as Dr. Stratham Younger, the hero of The Interpretation of Murder--aided by his beautiful fiancée, scientist Colette Rousseau, and Det. James Littlemore--manages to solve the Wall Street bombing, something that the real authorities never did. (Jan.)
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The destruction of the World Trade Center was not New York’s first terrorist attack. In 1920, a bomb blast on Wall Street sent cars tumbling and bodies flying. Rubenfeld’s novel, opening with the explosion, has the feel of a historical mystery. A cop and his sidekick are on the scene at once. The investigation begins. A witness to the explosion recalls seeing something that didn’t belong but can’t recall it. Thriller under way? Well, not exactly. Suddenly we’re into a 30-page World War I flashback. Then we visit Vienna for tea with Doctor Freud. We learn of Marie Curie’s work with radium. The sidekick has a rocky time with his love life, and we learn all about it. This fat book is heir to Caleb Carr’s The Alienist, using the detective format as a chance to wander in the past. Rubenfeld ends with an explanation of the 1920 attack that finds parallels to 9/11. The leads are witty, and the prose is elegant. But readers should prepare to wallow in the book and take it slowly. --Don Crinklaw
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I normally don't like books that move back and forth between places and time too much. That's because most authors who use this device aren't as skilled at it, as is Mr. Rubenfeld. He's able to successfully weave in and out of story lines and navigate back and forth between time and events without sacraficing any of the momentum.
Don't let the title put you off. It may be called "The Death Instinct" but this book is full of life!
I was drawn to the book not only by the review in the Times, but also by its opening scene - the Wall Street blast of 1920 that killed many but has never been solved. Speak of starting out with a bang! Sounded very promising. But our heroes soon are being chased by stereotypical baddies - remember Bluto in the Popeye toons? Merely the leader of a trio of of cardboard cutouts - but the action's fast and furious, interspersed with languid cruises to Europe to meet with Freud, Mme. Curie, and financially embarrassed one-time members of the aristocracy who just happen to be (always) driving the cab that shows up to deliver them from whatever current dilemma they face at the moment.
The young woman is ravishingly beautiful (of course) and her admirer (whom she met on the battlefields of WWI) is handsome, wealthy, brave, good at fisticuffs and a crack shot, the last of which saves her life and nearly costs him his.
I was grateful to the author most of all for the occasional galumph, the crowning example of which occurred right at the end of the book. '"You're not the only ones," replied Younger, looking at the diamond on Colette's finger, which had once belonged to his mother.'
And vivisection, too!
I really enjoyed reading it. I began with no advance information, no spoilers, no idea what it was about, never heard of the author. The story captivated me from page 1 and kept me hanging on the edge until the very end. Can't say much more without introducing at least some spoilers...