Jed Rubenfeld studied Philosophy and Psychology at Princeton, Law at Harvard, and acting at the Juilliard School of Drama. A chaired professor of constitutional and criminal law at Yale, he has been described as 'the most elegant legal writer of his generation'.
Turning a psychological thriller with a cast that includes Sigmund Freud, Carl Jung and several important American politicians and millionaires from a rich textual experience to a gripping and exciting audio event requires a reader with many skills. Heyborne knows how to use just his voice to bring a variety of nationalities and social classes to life. He can catch the inherent smartness of a working-class detective in a phrase, and can as quickly mark a pioneering medical examiner as a dangerous crank. But where he really succeeds is in the three very different psychoanalysts who move Rubenfeld's story of murder and psychosis down its distinctive road. Heyborne's Freud is an all-too-human man of obvious charm and originality; Freud's disciple Jung is cold, calculating and obviously envious; and fictional narrator Dr. Stratham Younger is a bright and admiring early Freudian who is also somewhat skeptical about some of the Viennese master's theories. This goes a long way in easing listeners through some of Rubenfeld's longer monologues about life and architecture in New York in 1909-passages that readers had the option of skimming without missing any vital nuances. Simultaneous release with the Henry Holt hardcover (Reviews, July 10). (Sept.) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
This is a bold page-turner that propels us from the start with a driving plot and intriguing characters, but also with ideas a whole history of ideas. It's a richly motivated thriller that will make you reconsider the mysteries of Freud and Hamlet. Here is a novel that you'll only want to put down in order to think more about the book - Matthew Pearl, author of The Dante Club
Someone is killing rich young women in 1909 New York, and Freud himself is asked to probe the buried memories of one intended victim. A really big debut, sold to 28 countries; with a 15-city tour. Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.