Chapter One There is no mystery to happiness. Unhappy men are all alike. Some wound they suffered long ago, some wish denied, some blow to pride, some kindling spark of love put out by scorn--or worse, indifference--cleaves to them, or they to it, and so they live each day within a shroud of yesterdays. The happy man does not look back. He lives in the present. The present can never deliver one thing: meaning.
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And on so many levels. I found it clever, informative, well written and even humorous at times. The characters were interesting and I was kept guessing even when I pretty much decided I knew what was going on. This was really a page turner, especially when they were down in the caisson.
I could so visualize that. This is my new "You gotta read this book" recommendation. The Freud, Jung and Shakespeare inclusions was an added bonus. Loved the early terminology and if I were an underliner and highliter of books, the book would all be marked up. Interpretation of Murder is a side dish and not a potato side dish, more like peas or carrots or something. I respect that it was well-researched, but to borrow from the same analogy, I like a little history with my story, not the other way around.
The author or publisher or someone goes out of his or her way to compare this book to "The Alienist". It compares, but palely. Most of the characters were based on real historical people, but the character I liked the most was the detective, who was completely fictional.
It was an obvious copy of a great book. If it would have been a great copy then I would have given it a higher rating. It might have got a three and probably earned it except that I expected more out of this book. It disappointed me. I would recommend this to you if you go to a beach house with your friends and you either forgot to bring something to read or finished what you brought and the library of the house you rented consists only of old Highlights Magazines and decorative books about ships.
The Interpretation of Murder
The Interpretation of Murder: A Novel