The original New York terrorist bombing (september 17, 1920, on Wall Street at lunch hour)remains unsolved to this day, but the author has come up with an exciting possible scenario, which involves tow friends (a doctor and a homicide detective), a French radiologist, Sigmund Freud, Madame Curie, Senator Albert Fall, Treasury Secretary Houston, and a number of financial titans of the era. The plot spins along various points ( New York, Washington, Prague, Vienna and Boston)with plenty of excitement to keep the pages turning and the reader wondering. The author could have done more to explain how the doctor and the detective had become such close friends, and how the detective and his wife fit their tribe of kids into a small New York apartment of that time. Minor quibbles when a reader has gone along on such an enjoyable, literate thrill ride. Something different for mystery and historical fiction readers. Have fun with it!...Continua
Lots of good elements - historical figues (Marie Curie, Freud, Harding), a bombing of wall street that is not 9/11 (takes place in 1919) but somehow even with complex plot tricks and 2 dreamy male leads, it feels like a trashy book. Rubenfeld, a law professor best known for being the husband of the author of the tiger mother, basically gives us a movie script - and then this happens and then that;.. historically I learned some things about radium, NY in the 20s and Wilson and Harding but I felt manipulated the whole time......Continua
Jed Rubenfeld’s “Death Instinct” is the sequel to the critically acclaimed “The Interpretation of Murder” and takes place 10 years down the line.
Although the novel is a work of fiction, Rubenfeld does well to blend real fact based events with his own brand of intellectual fiction. The result is a magnificent concoction of enticing prose and adventurous storytelling.
The story centres around three characters namely Stratham Younger, Captain James Littlemore and Colette Rousseau and begins with the devastating explosion on Wall Street in 1920.
At 12:01 midday on the 16th of September, 1920 Wall Street rocked to the tune of a 45Kg bomb exploding in a horse drawn carriage outside the headquarters of JP Morgan. 23 Wall Street was a mess, a combination of mass hysteria and human remains lined the pavements, this was the biggest attack on US soil at the time. The blast killed 38 people and 143 were seriously injured, the crime to this day has never been solved but Rubenfeld puts his own slant on what might have happened. Full Review here: http://www.milorambles.com/2010/09/10/the-death-instinct-by-jed-rubenfeld-book-review/...Continua