• "dazzling"

    Sunday Times
  • "A fascinating portrait of one of the most vibrant yet sinister cities of fin-de-siecle Europe. On top of this Tallis has laid a murder mystery of great intelligence"

    The Times
  • "An astute and beautifully written psychological thriller ... his handling of the psychoanalysis and criminal pathology are fantastic ... a romping tale"

    Scotland on Sunday
  • "Interesting, original and ... a second novel even better than the author's first"

    Literary Review
  • "Tallis spices things up with a cast of outlandish suspects and colourful witnesses, and a series of mounting suspicions, wrong turns and dead ends creates an exhilarating chase"