The Death Instinct

The Death Instinct

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A spellbinding literary thriller about terror, war, greed, and the darkest secrets of the human soul, by the author of the million-copy bestseller, The Interpretation of Murder.September 16, 1920. Under a clear blue September sky, a quarter ton of explosives is detonated in a deadly attack on Wall Street. Fear comes to the streets of New York.Witnessing the blast are war veteran Stratham Younger, his friend James Littlemore of the NY Police Department, and beautiful French radiochemist Colette Rousseau. A series of inexplicable attacks on Colette, a secret buried in her past, and a mysterious trail of evidence lead Younger, Littlemore, and Rousseau on a thrilling international and psychological journey - from Paris to Prague, from the Vienna home of Freud to the corridors of power in Washington, DC, and ultimately to the hidden depths of our most savage instincts. As the seemingly disjointed pieces of Younger and Littlemore's investigations come together, the two uncover the shocking truth about the bombing - a truth that threatens to shake their world to its foundations.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 560 pages
  • 130 x 197 x 36mm | 352g
  • Headline Publishing Group
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0755344022
  • 9780755344024
  • 129,059

About Jed Rubenfeld

Currently the Robert R. Slaughter Professor of Law at Yale University, Jed Rubenfeld has been described as 'one of the most elegant legal writers of his generation'. He lives in New Haven, Connecticut, with his wife and two daughters.
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'An ingenious theory...Rubenfeld is a superb action writer' * Saturday Telegraph * 'A Buchanesque thriller' * Guardian * 'Carefully researched and energetically told' * Literary Review * 'This elegant will thrill Rubenfeld's fans around the world.' * Daily Mail * 'A tapestry of intrigue, corruption, double-dealing and double standards on a grand scale. A must-read for conspiracy theorists.' * The Times *
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Rating details

2,742 ratings
3.68 out of 5 stars
5 19% (533)
4 41% (1,134)
3 30% (809)
2 8% (213)
1 2% (53)

Our customer reviews

At first I wasnt sure what to expect. But could not put this book down. Lots of twists and turns. Great that it followed the two key characters concurrently to keep you eagar to turn the next page. Can not recommend this book more
by cathryn rogers
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