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The Interpretation of Murder

In this ingenious, suspenseful historical thriller, Sigmund
Freud is drawn into the mind of a sadistic killer who is savagely
attacking Manhattan's wealthiest heiresses

Inspired by Sigmund Freud's only visit to America, THE
INTERPRETATION OF MURDER is an intricate tale of murder and the
mind's most dangerous mysteries. It unfurls on a sweltering August
evening in 1909 as Freud disembarks from the steamship George
Washington, accompanied by Carl Jung, his rival and
protégé. Across town, in an opulent apartment high above
the city, a stunning young woman is found dangling from a
chandelier --- whipped, mutilated, and strangled. The next day, a
second beauty --- a rebellious heiress who scorns both high society
and her less adventurous parents --- barely escapes the killer. Yet
Nora Acton, suffering from hysteria, can recall nothing of her
attack. Asked to help her, Dr. Stratham Younger, America's most
committed Freudian analyst, calls in his idol, the Master himself,
to guide him through the challenges of analyzing this high-spirited
young woman whose family past has been as complicated as his

THE INTERPRETATION OF MURDER leads readers from the salons of
Gramercy Park, through secret passages, to Chinatown --- even far
below the currents of the East River where laborers are building
the Manhattan Bridge. As Freud fends off a mysterious conspiracy to
destroy him, Younger is drawn into an equally thrilling adventure
that takes him deep into the subterfuges of the human mind.

Richly satisfying, elegantly crafted, THE INTERPRETATION OF MURDER
marks the debut of a brilliant, spectacularly entertaining new

© Copyright 2011 by Henry Holt and Company.

The Interpretation of Murder
by Jed Rubenfeld

  • Publication Date: May 15, 2007
  • Genres: Fiction, Thriller
  • Paperback: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Picador
  • ISBN-10: 0312427050
  • ISBN-13: 9780312427054