By Frank Tallis
A sexual predator is at huge at the streets of Imperial Vienna and Detective Inspector Oskar Rheinhardt appeals to his buddy, psychoanalyst Dr. Max Liebermann, for assistance.Early symptoms point out that the killer isn't any traditional 'lust murderer' yet a wholly new phenomenon, his specific deviance revealing the darker preoccupations of the age. to appreciate his behaviour, Liebermann needs to hire the most recent advancements in psychoanalysis and take a trip into uncharted areas of the human brain. along the unfolding of this aggravating case, Liebermann needs to deal with his personal sufferers, together with a guy who claims to have noticeable his double - the doppelganger of Germanic folklore - an event believed to be an omen of loss of life. As Liebermann discovers extra approximately this doubtless innocuous guy, he turns into confident that his hallucinations are brought on by a tense reminiscence, buried deep in his subconscious. might a mysterious dream carry the major? because the investigations continue, Liebermann and Rheinhardt locate themselves drawn into the worlds of artwork and couture, worlds during which glamorous appearances masks the main sinister secrets and techniques.
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