Winner of Best Read of the Year at the Galaxy British Book Awards 2007.
Reviewed on Richard & Judy on Wednesday 31 January 2007.
A novel on many levels: a social history of New York at the turn of the last century, a fascinating murder mystery and an insight into the relationship between Sigmund Freud and Carl Jung. An ambitious work, beautifully written, at times wonderfully evocative of its period but, in my mind, at times slightly over-written. It is certainly an impressive work, a tad long but the dialogue between the two psychologists is fascinating. But I suppose that depends on what you are looking for, for the murder investigation itself is fascinating too. All in all an enthralling, intelligent and well researched novel.
Richard & Judy said of the book: "Sexy, gripping murder mystery. Page turner doesn't do it justice." "Terrific murder mystery. We really loved it."
Comparison: Caleb Carr, Frank Tallis, Carlos Ruiz Zafon.
THE INTERPRETATION OF MURDER is an inventive tour de force inspired by Sigmund Freud`s 1909 visit to America, accompanied by protÃ©gÃ© and rival Carl Jung. When a wealthy young debutante is discovered bound, whipped and strangled in a luxurious apartment overlooking the city, and another society beauty narrowly escapes the same fate, the mayor of New York calls upon Freud to use his revolutionary new ideas to help the surviving victim recover her memory of the attack, and solve the crime. But nothing about the attacks - or about the surviving victim, Nora - is quite as it seems. And there are those in very high places determined to stop the truth coming out, and Freud`s startling theories taking root on American soil.
Publication date: 15/01/2007
Publisher: Headline Review
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Jed Rubenfeld studied Philosophy and Psychology at Princeton, Law at Harvard, and acting at the Juilliard School of Drama. A chaired professor of constitutional and criminal law at Yale, he has been described as 'the most elegant legal writer of his generation'.More About Jed Rubenfield