Jack the ripper meets mayerling and sissy
Turn of century vienna, a serial killer prowling the streets, klimt, the artist, theodor herzl, the founder of zionism; even freud are involved in this mystery. what more would you want? the novel is actually almost two novels in one. the first part is about a serial killer, and our two heroes', the lawyer werthen and his friend the criminalist inspector gross, efforts to catch him and at the same time free klimt from undeserved prison. the action moves fast and furiously to the revelation of the killer. all is, apparently said and done, but of course it isn't. part two starts out more slowly, sedately even, until the empress elisabeth, also known as sissy is murdered. things take a dark turn as our two stalwarts' investigations take them to geneva, and back to vienna to uncover a plot that may shake the very foundations of the austro-hungarian empire. the day to day lives of vienna at the turn of the century as well as the city itself are charmingly depicted but do not subtract from the action. a must read for mystery novel fans, readers of historical fiction and even vienna lovers.