A Novel

Book - 2005
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Two ex-cons are hand-picked to investigate the director of the Freud academy, to find out what he has found that "will make psychoanalysis obsolete". The investigation takes them to various places and becomes a manhunt as bodies begin to accumulate.
Publisher: Toronto : Alfred A. Knopf Canada, 2005
Edition: 1st ed. --
ISBN: 9780676976533
Branch Call Number: FIC Gildi 3558ad 1
Characteristics: vi, 486 p


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WVMLStaffPicks Jan 19, 2015

Trained by her father as a rational intellectual who distrusts emotion, Kate Fitzgerald puts her lengthy stay in prison for murdering her husband to good use by studying the work of Sigmund Freud. When the reputation of Freud is threatened by the Director of the “Freud Academy”, Kate is teamed with another ex-con and sent to examine the Director’s arguments. Their quest takes them to Europe and back, narrowly escaping re-arrest as key players are murdered. This mystery puts a new slant on Freud’s and Darwin’s theories.

What a fun read for anyone with an interest in Freud and the history of psychonalalysis. Great repartee and interesting mix of plot and reflection of the detectives' own repressive upbringing as it bears on solving the murder. The author has her own psychoanalytic practice in Toronto so the insights ring true despite the unusual psyches of the detectives. There is a little 'lacuna' ( as K. would say) in the early part of the plot, but keep reading, it picks up.

Dec 19, 2008

Suffers a little from some continuity problems that a good re-edit might address. Very enjoyable.

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