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A spellbinding literary thriller about terror, war, greed, and the darkest secrets of the human soul, by the author of the million-copy best seller The Interpretation of Murder
Under a clear blue September sky, America's financial center in lower Manhattan became the site of the largest, deadliest terrorist attack in the nation's history. It was September 16, 1920. Four hundred people were killed or injured. The country was appalled by the magnitude and savagery of the incomprehensible attack, which remains unsolved to this day.The bomb that devastated Wall Street in 1920 explodes in the opening pages of The Death Instinct, Jed Rubenfeld's provocative and mesmerizing new novel.
War veteran Dr. Stratham Younger and his friend, Captain James Littlemore of the New York Police Department, are caught on Wall Street on the fateful day of the blast. With them is the beautiful Colette Rousseau, a French radiochemist whom Younger meets while fighting in the World War. A series of inexplicable attacks on Rousseau, a secret buried in her past, and a mysterious trail of evidence lead Young, Littlemore, and Rousseau on a thrilling international and psychological journey, from Paris to Prague, from the Vienna home of Dr. Sigmund Freud to the corridors of power in Washington, D.C., and ultimately to the hidden depths of our most savage instincts. As the seemingly disjointed pieces of what Younger and Littlemore learn come together, the two uncover the shocking truth behind the bombing.
Blending fact and fiction in a brilliantly convincing narrative, Jed Rubenfeld has forged a gripping historical mystery about a tragedy that holds eerie parallels to our own time.
©2010 Jed Rubenfeld (P)2011 Penguin
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By Ramon on 04-05-11

Everything but the Kitchen sink

There is a lot going on in this book. That makes it a good diversion but it also makes it seem contrived after a while. The book is diverting and the reader is first rate. I think the reader did a fantastic job.

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By Michele Kellett on 03-12-11

A Ripping Tale, a bit spoiled

Rubenfeld has written a densely plotted adventure, full of interesting historical details and carefully drawn characters. It's also well-written, and rockets right along. There are no sagging bits, and not many loose ends for such a complicated contraption. I am sad to say that the narrator spoiled a great deal of this book for me. EVERY character is given a distinct, and distinctly over-the-top, accent and voice. Even the lead characters are converted into caricatures by this over-smoked ham.

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