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Author Archive: "Frank Tallis"

Powell’s Q&A: Frank Tallis

Describe your latest project.
My latest book is Fatal Lies, the third of a series of psychoanalytic detective thrillers set in the colourful Vienna of Sigmund Freud. In St. Florian's military school, a rambling edifice set high in the hills of the city's famous woods, a young cadet is found dead — his body lacerated with razor wounds. Inspector Oskar Rheinhardt calls on his friend — and disciple of Freud — Doctor Max Liebermann, to help him with the investigation. In the closed society of the school, power is everything and suspicion falls on an elite group of cadets, with a penchant for sadism and dangerous games. When it is discovered that the dead boy was a frequent guest of the deputy headmaster's attractive young wife — other motives for murder suggest themselves. A tangled web of relationships is uncovered, at the heart of which are St. Florian's dark secrets, which Liebermann, using new psychoanalytic tools such as dream interpretation and the ink-blot test, begins to probe.

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What's the strangest or most interesting job you've ever had?
I am a clinical psychologist by profession, ...


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