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THE INTERPRETATION OF MURDER

The Interpretation of Murder - Jed Rubenfeld Not one I intend to revisit. In fact one I almost didn't finish. It's a fictional murder set during Freud's visit to america. He didn't much enjoy the trip, and this book is a fictional account of some things that may have put him off a country that has since gone a bit therapy crazy. Elizabeth Riverford is found murdered having been whipped & strangled while being suspended from the chandelier in her apartment. The next day, another young lady, Nora Acton, is found in a similar condition, but alive. She appears to have no memory of the event and had lost the ability to speak as a result of the trauma. This brings in the psychologists. It all gets a bit convoluted, with the clues pointing to several different suspects, all of which are them out of the frame and back in again. The detective in charge of the case happens to be one of those that can't be bought (one of the very few in the city at the time, based on this report) and he finally cuts through all the red herrings to get to a solution - aided & abetted by the physcologist Freud assigns Miss Acton to. Nothing wrong with the detective element, but I can't say I found much edifying in the relationship between Freud & Jung, and the details of their various schools of thought & behaviour all got a bit heavy going. I also found the way in which the crimes were described to be almost salacious in the detail and that just left a very unpleasant taste in the mouth.