September 25, 2006 12:00 PM

by Jed Rubenfeld

FICTION

In 1909 Sigmund Freud made his only visit to the United States and declared the inhabitants “savages.” This historical mystery imagines that Freud developed that impression after being enlisted to solve a murder and another chilling attack by a maniacal strangler in New York City. Using a dizzying number of points of view and keeping the action taut, Rubenfeld leavens the intellectual heft with sly wit.

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