A city of breathtaking modernity, heartstopping skycrapers and glittering high society, whose opulence conceals a darker face - corruption, vice and murder. On the morning after Sigmund Freud arrives in New York on the steamship George Washington, a stunning debutante is found bound and strangled in her penthouse apartment, high above Broadway. The following night another beautiful young heiress, Nora Acton, is discovered tied to a chandelier in her parent's home, viciously wounded and unable to speak or to recall her attack. Asked to help her, Dr. Stratham Younger, Freud's most committed American disciple, enlists his idol, the Master himself, to guide him through the challenges of analysing this defiant woman whose family past has been as complicated as his own. 'The interpretation of murder' takes the reader into the salons of Gramercy Park, the opium dens of Chinatown, and even far beneath the currents of the East River, where the Manhattan Bridge is under construction. As Freud battles to fend off a conspiracy meant to destroy him, so Younger realises that the woman he has come to love must surely be the sadistic killer's next victim.