Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
Vienna Blood: A Max Liebermann Mystery Paperback – January 8, 2008
|New from||Used from|
Frequently Bought Together
Customers Who Bought This Item Also Bought
From Publishers Weekly
Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
“An intriguing, impressive achievement — puts the psychological back into crime and written by a real expert.”
“Smart detection and a mouthwatering view of Viennese cafe society . . . good prospects for the Liebermann series, of which this is book number one.”
Top Customer Reviews
Although he has a satisfying medical practice, Max is not without his personal problems. He is engaged to the lovely but shallow Clara Weiss, a woman who attracts him physically but bores him intellectually. Can a successful marriage be based on lust alone? He is also guilt-ridden by his secret interest in Amelia Lydgate, a British woman who is studying medicine at the Anatomical Institute. She is beautiful and brilliant, a perfect match for the intellectual Liebermann. As Oskar and Max proceed with their investigation into the aforementioned massacre, they ask Amelia to analyze microscopic fibers and blood, using the limited technology available at the time.
All of this occurs against the backdrop of a cosmopolitan and scenic city that harbors ugly secrets.Read more ›
VIENNA BLOOD is set in 1902, and finds the personal and professional relationship between Liebermann and Rheinhardt intact. While A DEATH IN VIENNA focused on a lock-room murder, VIENNA BLOOD concerns Liebermann's investigation into a series of particularly brutal killings that are tangentially linked, though the victims appear to be unrelated. While Tallis's investigative pair possesses some minor similarities to Conan Doyle's archetypal Holmes and Watson, Liebermann and Rheinhardt are on much more equal footing intellectually. Indeed, it is through Rheinhardt's intervention that Liebermann's talents as a psychiatric expert are brought into the mix, even as there is a tacit and subtle, though friendly, one-upsmanship that informs their investigations.
However, it is not Liebermann's medical skills that provide the turning point in Rheinhardt's investigation. Rather, it is an event in his personal life, one that not only puts the team on the road toward solving the case but also begins the resolution of a problem of Liebermann's own creation.
As with A DEATH IN VIENNA, there are a number of suspects of equal possibility, yet the truly magnificent and riveting elements of VIENNA BLOOD dip and swirl around Vienna itself.Read more ›
Some readers may find the mystery rather slow-moving. In addition, a great many characters are presented and can be quite difficult to keep straight. This is further complicated by the references made to other fictional characters. Without the knowledge of the references, the `hint's' or expected conclusions may be lost on the reader. It takes some effort to understand which characters are important to remember and which ones are named for scenic purposes, or really weren't necessary to name in the first place because they end up being insignificant. To fully enjoy the story, the reader may have to pause to look up plays, songs, operas and poems. This was a difficult novel to rate because the research and writing is a 4 star quality, but I simply did not find the book enjoyable. I chalk this up to my personal taste and not due to the author's talent and therefore, have given it two ratings.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A nice old fashioned mystery. Looking forward to reading the whole series.Published 28 days ago by Fred
Great fun, especially if you happen to be interested in history and/or psychology.Published 1 month ago by bigreader
Tallis brings the reader back to Vienna before the first world war. You meet Sigmund Freud and Gustave Mahler, among other historical characters. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Knowledge Seeker
I enjoyed this mystery. The story was good and the characters complex. An added bonus the descriptions of Vienna and the FOOD. Read morePublished 6 months ago by C. Young
What I like most about this series is the time-frame. Set in pre-WWII Austria (mostly Vienna), Tallis' scholarship shows through as he creates not only a good psychological mystery... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Kathryn L. Morris
Vienna Blood is the second entry in Frank Tallis’ Liebermann Papers series. It is 1902 and in Vienna, young psychiatrist Max Liebermann is asked by his friend, Detective Inspector... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Alison S. Coad
British novelist Frank Tallis continues "The Liebermann Papers:" the diaries of his fictional turn-of-the-century Viennese crime-solver, Dr Max Liebermann. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Jana L.Perskie
Vienna Blood has breadth that other crime novels don't have - there are discussions on a huge range of topics including music, architecture, psychoanalysis - while vividly... Read morePublished on May 17, 2014 by Knobby Walsh