Mephisto Waltz (Liebermann Papers, #7) Read Online Free - 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 Lieberman—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 Rheinhardt’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 Lieberman mystery series, Mephisto Waltz is a tale of murder, romance, intrigue, and espionage set in the atmospheric world of fin de siecle Vienna.
|Title||:||Mephisto Waltz (Liebermann Papers, #7)|
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February 05, 2018
I ordered the first book in this series after finishing this book. I think that's probably the greatest compliment for a book you can give. And, Mephisto Waltz knocked my socks off with its atmospheric setting in Vienna, a mysterious murder mystery and the great teamwork of Oscar Rheinhardt and M...
April 04, 2018
This book was EXCEPTIONAL, and the perfect culmination of Tallis’s Max Liebermann series.
His characters are so well-developed, ‘warts-and-all’, that they feel like real human beings. Their work is meaningful, they have meaningful relationships with families, friends, colleagues, and lovers. The...
February 10, 2018
An excellent work of historical fiction!
My thanks to my contacts at Pegasus Books, Iris Blasi, Katie McGuire, Maia Larson, and Bowen Dunnan for my review copy of this book. You guys rock!
The book opens with an account of the 1898 assassination of Empress Elizabeth of Austria.
Vienna, 19o4. Anarch...
February 06, 2018
For the most part, the previous Max Liebermann mysteries by Frank Tallis were charming, humorous, and bitingly critical of the politics and culture of Viennese society during the late 1800s and early 1900s. We identified with Max, a psychiatrist, as he tended to troubled patients; helped his frie...
April 10, 2018
I've read all of Frank Tallis' books about Max Liebermann and Oscar Reinhardt and enjoyed them, this was no exception. These are period pieces set in Vienna at the turn of the century and follow the basic Sherlock Holmes/Dr. Watson format. Tallis is not only a writer by a practicing psychotherapi...
April 23, 2018
Mephisto Waltz is a dark mystery that takes place at the turn of the century (1904) People are being murdered in a most gruesome way and it's up to Dr. Max Liebermann to solve the mystery.
This book is peppered with historical references and incorporates real life persona (such as Sigmund Freud)...
February 15, 2018
I read and review a series book differently than I read a standalone. Maybe because I'm usually familiar with the series' characters and histories, I expect different writing than in an unfamiliar book. It was so that I read British author Frank Tallis's newest "Max Liebermann mystery", "Mephisto...
April 04, 2018
Seventh in the crime series set in turn-of-the-20th-century Vienna, featuring psychoanalyst Dr Max Liebermann -- single, but now with a live-in lover, the scientist Amelia Lydgate -- and his friend, the married father and detective Oskar Rheinhardt of the security service. Not quite as good as mo...
January 16, 2018
I was a First Read Winner of this book and I really enjoyed it. This was my first book by Frank Tallis, but it certainly won't be my last. I did not realize that this book is part of a series and I was worried if I would feel lost at any point, but besides not knowing how the main characters ende...
April 03, 2018
It was good to re-visit Max and Detective Inspector Rheinhardt after their hiatus of a few years. However, they seemed a bit faded. Their personalities didn't seem as colorful or the Austrian pastries described with quite the same verve. Perhaps the plot was more important than in past entries in...