Joe Murphy on The Interpretation of Murder
Now that fall is finally here (we've had our needed rain, now bring on the beautiful days!), I need to begin reporting on What I Read at the Gym This Summer. While I was enjoying my William Gaddis fest (still gradually workin' away at the hilarious JR), I didn't forget to get ahead on some of the great upcoming fall titles. Happily, advanced reading copies fit very neatly into the racks on the cardio machines at the gym, so I've got some great new titles to tell you about over the next few weeks.
I'll start with the first to be published: if you've been frustrated in your search for a worthy successor to Caleb Carr's The Alienist, try Jed Rubenfeld's great new thriller, The Interpetation of Murder. It's set in 1909 New York, with a bizarre killer on the loose, and Sigmund Freud visiting town. The result is a great combination of thriller with Ragtime-style hybrid of real and fictional characters (in fact, the murder suspects include Harry Thaw and Carl Jung). It also features a nifty set piece set in a caisson for the Manhattan Bridge, just being built at the time. If you're looking for a fun September read, drop by and check it out.
Don't forget--the great Mariner-Harcourt Brace-W.W. Norton buy-two-get-one-free sale continues at all stores. Come look at the dizzying array of great titles!
See you in the stores,