The Liebermann Papers 4 – Darkness Rising

Published in the USA as ‘Vienna Secrets’ (Mortalis)

‘ .. a thoroughly compelling piece of work.’
John Williams, The Mail of Sunday 

‘Tallis’s background in psychology underpins his startling insights into the workings of the human mind.’
Joanna O’Rourke, Books Quarterly 

‘Tallis is exploring serious themes here – among them, the political and religious climate that made the rise of fascism possible, and the conflict between secular and religious ethical systems.’
Andrew Taylor, The Spectator 

‘Darkness Rising is one of the best books I have read this year.’

‘Whether you are an aficionado of fin-de-siecle Europe, compelling crime fiction or strong characterisation, Darkness Rising delivers healthy doses of all three.’
Barry Forshaw, Daily Express 

‘Darkness Rising has a strong, intelligent plot and a terrific atmosphere of fin-de-siecle Vienna.’
Marcel Berlins, The Times 

‘… this is a gem of perfect writing, informative and thought-provoking, as well as an excellent crime novel.’
Bernard Knight, Tangled Web

‘Scholarly and informative, cunningly put together – a real page-turner.’
New Books Magazine

‘The various elements that come together in the latest outing of Frank Tallis’s psychoanalyst detective, Dr. Max Liebermann, couldn’t be more of the moment.’
Peter Stanford, The Independent on Sunday 

‘This writer not only writes well, he researches thoroughly. Readers who love to be transported in time to another place will want to read all four novels.’
Historical Novel Society

‘captivating .. elegantly designed and executed period mystery ..’
Marilyn Stasio, New York Times

‘A solid entry in an excellent historical mystery series.’
Jessica Moyer, Booklist

Vienna 1903. Outside one of the cities most splendid baroque churches the decapitated body of a monk is found. Shortly after, the remains of a municipal councillor are discovered in the grounds of another church – his head also ripped from his body. Both men were rabid anti-semites and suspicions fall on Vienna’s close-knit community of Hassidic Jews. In a city riven by racial tensions and extremism, the situation is potentially explosive. Detective Inspector Rheinhardt turns to his trusted friend, the young psychoanalyst Doctor Max Liebermann for assistance. As the investigation progresses, Liebermann is drawn into the world of Jewish mysticism, a world dominated by the rites and secret lore of the Kabbalah. Although he rejects all forms of superstition, he is forced to embrace his own cultural origins – in the old ghetto district of Prague – to understand the meaning and significance of the murders. At the same time, Liebermann’s life is in crisis. Political forces conspire against him, resulting in his suspension from the General Hospital, and the object of his romantic desires, the enigmatic Miss Lydgate, is becoming an unhealthy obsession.

Darkness Rising / Vienna Secrets and other Frank Tallis titles can be purchased on Amazon.

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