- Hardcover: 464 pages
- Publisher: Headline Review (16 Sept. 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0755343999
- ISBN-13: 978-0755343997
- Product Dimensions: 15.7 x 23.9 x 4 cm
- Average Customer Review: 58 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 919,067 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Death Instinct Hardcover – 16 Sep 2010
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'There are more twists and turns than in the average corkscrew, but it's still a book which will be reread even when you know how things work out. That's when you have the pleasure of seeing how it was done... It's difficult to recommend further reading after a big book like this - it would be far too easy to disappoint' ( bookbag.co.uk )
'Rubenfeld has taken this real-life mystery atrocity and peopled it with a rich cast of heroes and villains... a tapestry of intrigue, corruption, double-dealing and double standards on a grand scale. A must-read for conspiracy theorists.' ( The Times )
'This elegant thriller mixes real events from the first years of 20th century America with Rubenfeld's fictional heroes... Superbly evocative of American society in the era of Prohibition, it will thrill Rubenfeld's fans around the world.' ( Daily Mail )
'Carefully researched and energetically told, THE DEATH INSTINCT is likely to be as popular as Rubenfeld's first novel.' ( Literary Review )
'A Buchanesque thriller' ( Guardian )
The eagerly awaited follow up to the million-copy selling THE INTERPRETATION OF MURDER, winner of the 2007 Richard and Judy Book of the YearSee all Product description
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A great deal of artistic liberty of course taken with Dr Freud but overall ties into a number of emerging theories of that day - including the book's title and thus becomes a statement on human nature and the aftermath of war.
I do not like the main character of the book however, which is something that has discouraged me from reading - Stratham Younger, who again is a wish fulfilling character to me from the author himself, to extent he is not grounded in reality at all, but irritating instead.
What saved this book was the was the fascinating detail of America's people and politics in 1920, and Europe in the same year. The history was compelling, also the psychoanalysis and the characters totally cavalier attitude towards radium, and for these aspects I gladly trudged through the rest
I really disliked The Interpretation of Murder, again for its wooden and thoroughly unpleasant characters, and have to say that my reluctance to read this book was fairly strong. In the end I found it a much better story.
Glad I read it, might not attempt a further one.
I was greatly impressed with this author but, sadly, he currently has no plans to write a third novel. I write this review in the hope that a swell in book sales will encourage him to put pen to paper again.
I found that the story was good at keeping you interested in the plot and that you were always reviewing "who did it" as the story progress right to the end of the book.
I would happily recommend both book and seller.
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