October 31, 2008

The Interpretation of Murder by Jed Rubenfeld

Good book. Freud is visiting America for the first time with his collegues Jung and Ferenczi. He is met by another follower of psychoanlaysis, Stratham Younger, when he arrives. Younger is pulled in by the Mayor of New York to analyze a seeming victim of a violent crime similar to other recent crimes in the city. It is Younger's job to find the truth about the incident from Nora, the young woman who was attacked. Younger ends up on a quest to help solve all the murders with a green detective and downtrodden coroner. Freud and his collegues are involved in Younger's investigation. 

This is a story with many threads which are surprisingly all wrapped up nicely at the non-typical ending. A literary work of fact/fiction that is astounding, insightful and makes you question what is or is not true. 

My Rating: 4.0


  1. I read this story a while ago and really liked it; it surprises me that so many other people absolutely detest this book. It's not awful, not by any stretch of the imagination...

  2. My degree is a B.Sc. in Psych, so my background probably influenced the rating I gave the book. I thought the concept was intriguing and original. If you are a person who likes murder mysteries this would fit right in.