The Keeper of Hands

Author(s): J. Sydney Jones
Series: Viennese Mysteries Series No: 4
Original Publish Date: Jun 01, 2013
Product Number: EB00736989
Released: Sep 27, 2018
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781780104041
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An intriguing novel of suspense that "recreates the beau monde of vintage Vienna with verisimilitude and consummate style" (Kirkus Reviews). Vienna, 1901. With the police seemingly indifferent to the murder of a nineteen-year-old prostitute known as Mitzi, brothel-keeper Frau Mutzenbacher turns to lawyer Karl Werthen to find out what happened and bring her killer to justice. Yet the more he discovers about the mysterious Mitzi, with her secret past and impressive roster of clients, the more questions Werthen's investigation throws up. At the same time, Werthen undertakes a second commission: to find out who viciously assaulted playwright Arthur Schnitzler. Schnitzler believes his latest controversial play might have been the motive for the attack—but is there more to it than that? As he navigates the highs and lows of Viennese society in dogged pursuit of the truth, Werthen finds himself drawn into a conspiracy of espionage and affairs of state. "Top-notch detecting and characterizations bolster the intricate plot" (Publishers Weekly) of this superb fourth book in the Viennese Mystery series that is "not as widely known as it ought to be, [but] well worth a look" (Booklist).

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