The Liebermann Papers 5 – Deadly Communion

Published in the USA as ‘VIENNA TWILIGHT’ (Mortalis)


‘My favourite read over Christmas .. deliciously intricate .. Intensely atmospheric .. confirms his place in the front rank of British thriller writers.’
Geoffrey Wansell, The Daily Mail 

‘ .. cleverly done and never dull … a rich and riveting read.’
Laura Wilson, Saturday Guardian 

‘Vienna sparkles with atmosphere ..’
Marcel Berlins, The Times 

‘ .. Tallis’s writing still has the richness of literary fiction. And, as ever, it is the measured accretion of detail and atmosphere that really sells Tallis’s charged narrative ..’
Barry Forshaw, The Independent

‘ .. impressive .. a welcome addition to Tallis’s series .. his recurring protagonists continue to fascinate.’
A.P.D.Lawrie, TLS

‘ .. an interesting, intelligent and enjoyable read .. one I’d be happy to keep on the bookshelves to read again.’
Euro Crime

‘ .. finely researched and elegantly written … brings fin-de-siecle Vienna to life with nuanced precision.’ 
Tom Nolan, Wall Street Journal


A sexual predator is at large on the streets of Imperial Vienna and Detective inspector Oskar Rheinhardt appeals to his friend, psychoanalyst Dr. Max Liebermann, for assistance.

Early signs indicate that the killer is no ordinary ‘lust murderer’ but an entirely new phnemenon, his particular deviance revealing the darker preoccupations of the age. To understand his behaviour, Liebermann must employ the latest developments in psychoanalysis and make a journey into uncharted regions of the human mind.

Alongside the unfolding of this disturbing case, Liebermann must treat his patients, including a man who claims to have seen his double – the doppelgänger of Germanic folklore – an experience believed to be an omen of death. As Liebermann discovers more about this seemingly harmless man, he becomes convinced that his hallucinations are caused by a traumatic memory, buried deep in his unconscious. Could a mysterious dream hold the key?

As the investigations proceed, Liebermann and Rheinhardt find themselves drawn into the worlds of art and couture, worlds in which glamorous appearances mask the most sinister secrets.

Deadly Communion and other Frank Tallis titles can be purchased on Amazon.

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