About the Book:
I was aware of this mostly forgotten attack on New York before I started this novel. I can’t say I knew a lot about the bombing of the financial district in 1920 but I did know it had happened. This novel re-creates that world in a very compelling way. It does take a while to get drawn into the writer’s cadence but once you do you will be well rewarded with a compelling tale of multi-faceted characters and an interesting possibility of why the bombing happened.
The solution to the bombing is all writer’s license but Mr. Rubenfeld pieces together a mind bending thriller out of tiny pieces of evidence left in time. He winds together two tales actually – the love story of a WWI veteran and doctor with one of the original students of Marie Curie and the story of the bombing itself. Along the way we learn about the very beginnings of radium therapy and of the United States’ need for foreign oil plus a couple of visits with Sigmund Freud.
I found it a little slow to start and it took me a while to get a handle on the characters but once I did I found I couldn’t put the book down. As I raced towards the ending I was turning pages as fast as I could. Many of the people that populate the story actually lived so Mr. Rubenfeld presents his tale with a mix of fictional heroes amongst potential villains that left a historical record. Very bold, this. I highly recommend this book if you are looking for a thought provoking, historical read.
The Death Instinct goes on sale tomorrow, January 20ieth at Amazon.com
Good news! Thanks to the publisher I have one copy of The Death Instict to give away.
How do you win? It’s easy!
But first some rules:
US and Canada only
No PO boxes
18 or older
One book per household
Tell me if you have read Mr. Rubenfeld’s first book, The Interpetation of Murder. Be sure to leave me your email address so I can contact you if you win.
2. Follow me on twitter and tweet about the giveaway(one per day) – #Win @BrokenTeepee The Death Instinct by Jed Rubenfeld @ #giveaway
All entries need to be in by 9PM MST on February 1st when I will go to Random.org to choose the winner. He/she will have 48hrs to respond or I will choose a new winner.
Good luck everyone.
Disclosure: I received a gratis copy of The Death Instinct. Any opinions expressed are my honest opinions and were not impacted by my receipt of the free book. I received no monetary compensation for this post.