‘ … a marvellous, multi-layered thriller, rich with period detail … Mephisto Waltz often exhibits the energy of the Franz Liszt pieces after which it’s named’ The Wall Street Journal
‘[an] .. erudite series’ The New York Times
‘Tallis’ seventh period mystery is his most intricate and ambitious yet’ Kirkus Reviews
‘…. this series is a must read from one of the best historical writers in the business’ Criminalelement.com
‘Mephisto Waltz knocked my socks off …’ Bookaholic swede review
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 and 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 judgment and pronounced a sentence of death? Detective Inspector Rheinhardt calls on his good friend Doctor Max Liebermann – psychiatrist and disciple of Freud – to assist in an investigation that draws them both into the shadowy and unconventional world of fringe political activism. Other murders follow: a philosophy student from the university is stabbed close to the villa of the Emperor’s mistress, Katharina Schratt, and a secret agent called Kelbling is shot dead in a hotel room. As the investigation proceeds, it becomes apparent that all the murders are connected with a mysterious anarchist known only by his code name: Mephistopheles. When the scattered remains of a bomb-maker are discovered in the Vienna woods, it become apparent that a dreadful act of terrorism has been planned – and time is running out.
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