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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (404 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: James B. Stewart Narrator: Boyd Gaines Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2008 ISBN: 9780743579568
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Young, blond, handsome Dr. Michael Swango seemed a godsend wherever he was hired to practice medicine. But acclaim would turn to disbelief, dismay, then horror, as the evidence mounted that he could actually be murdering his patients. Then, Dr. Swango would leave that hospital -- only to be rehired at another. Today the FBI believes that Swango may be the most prolific serial killer in American history.

In Blind Eye, James Stewart takes listeners into the closed world of America's medical establishment, where doctors repeatedly accept the world of fellow physicians over that of nurses, hospital workers and patients -- even after the horrible truth emerges.

With prodigious investigative reporting, Stewart's mesmerizing account moves from the hospital rooms of the prestigious Ohio State University Hospitals to Illinois, South Dakota, New York and finally to a remote missionary hospital in Zimbabwe. There Stewart tracked down survivors, relatives of victims, shaken hospital workers -- and evidence that may finally lead Swango to be charged with murder. Stewart brings to riveting life the story of a psychopathic physician and those who protected, trusted, pursued and, in some cases, loved him.

Dr. Michael Swango slipped easily through the cracks. If Michael Swango could repeatedly slip through, who else has? With Blind Eye, James Stewart adds to his reputation as one of the country's most intrepid investigative reporters with this exposure of a dangerous doctor and a failed system. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Chillingly thorough…Wonderfully done…An elaborate journalistic reconstruction that has the fascination of an acutely observed and troubling novel.” 

    New York Times Book Review

  • “It’s a credit to the grace and authority of Stewart’s writing that despite Swango’s never having been convicted of murder, the reader does not question his capacity to kill…His examination of Swango’s psyche is meticulous and convincing.” 

    Salon

  • “This true-crime story of a serial killer doctor is handled by journalist pro Stewart in unsparingly lean and mean terms…Stewart’s hard reporting skills yield a great nail-biter of a story, making for riveting listening.” 

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Fascinating and at times downright scary.” 

    Library Journal

  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • Winner of the Edgar Allan Poe Award in 2000

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lacey | 2/19/2014

    " I cannot believe Dr. Swango got away with everything he did. It makes me a little nervous to go into the doctor. :-( "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Medha Gitta | 2/17/2014

    " Engga terlalu suka yang biografi kayak gini. Sedikit membosankan :P "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stephanie Boles | 2/15/2014

    " Loved this book! About a doctor who got away with murder and it's a true story. Really interesting what a page turner! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Aida M. | 2/13/2014

    " Stewart's book presents the facts uncovered over time pointing towards the guilt of Dr. Swango. Considered the worst serial killer in American history. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Wendy | 2/4/2014

    " Listened to this on CD in my car. True story of a doctor who got away with murder. Scary. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Annisa Wulandari | 2/2/2014

    " got this book for free from a friend when he decided to cancel his auction action. reading this book will make you feel like you're in a court listening to long testimonials. very detailed and might get you bored in the middle and there's less of anticipations (clearly, since it's not a work of fiction). but if you're interested in true story of criminals, this would be a good reading. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Yanty | 1/28/2014

    " a story about psychopathic doctor,killing many patients,unable to be traced,a great impostor "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joel | 1/21/2014

    " Creepy. This guy practiced medicine all over the world - including my hometown - before the feds finally locked him up for good. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jay | 1/20/2014

    " Somehow the fact Swango seemed to get away with so many murders in plain sight draws the reader on in morbid fascination. He seemed to get away with so many using charm and a smile and a lot of false paperwork and denials. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Melissa | 1/6/2014

    " This book really makes you think about getting a new doctor or really researching the one you have now. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Denise | 1/3/2014

    " Chilling, engrossing. A very good, but troubling read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Tiffany | 1/3/2014

    " unrealistic, not vey good, just ok "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dana | 12/8/2013

    " Amazing and disturbing story about a man that has evaded murder charges as a doctor in a lot of different locations. I can't believe that he was able to keep working. The book has made me a little nervous about going to the hospital, trusting doctors and nurses. I guess you just never know. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Teri | 4/6/2013

    " Scary good! based on true story "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Cecilie Lee | 3/28/2013

    " It was very interesting to see how ineffective the medical community is at recognizing a harmful doctor. As an OR nurse I know that some doctors very much lack basic skills for their specialty. I hope things have improved but I doubt it based on what I see at work. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Erika | 2/12/2013

    " I read so many sociopath books it's starting to look bad... If I were to ever be picked up by the police and they investigated my library record I would be locked up for sure. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laurie Stoll | 1/16/2013

    " A non fiction book that reads like fiction. This truly is a book about a doctor, a healer, that got away with more murders than we will probably ever know. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Katy | 1/7/2013

    " I had to force myself to finish this book "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Elizabeth Nesbit-comer | 3/2/2012

    " I used to work with one of the dr's at OSU who was on the review board for this case and am astonished at their decision. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jim | 1/17/2012

    " Stewart is really good and I like his stuff. A troubling book, which makes one wonder about how some of these people get away with, literally, murder. Swango's career will make anyone tremble. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amy | 11/12/2011

    " We had to read this book for work and it is creepy (I work in a Medical Staff Office at a Hospital). Makes you realize that your job is very important! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Novi Maizir | 7/25/2011

    " a little bit creepy and horror but finally I finished read it. The Indonesians translation wasn't quite good, I was "struggled" to read it and feel unsatisfied. maybe if I read in English version will be better "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Aida M. | 4/30/2011

    " Stewart's book presents the facts uncovered over time pointing towards the guilt of Dr. Swango. Considered the worst serial killer in American history. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Emmy | 4/26/2011

    " A look at a serial killer physician in the 1980s-early 90s who practiced and lived in South Dakota, Ohio, Illinois, NY, Virignia and Africa. Definitely an interesting read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Elizabeth | 4/6/2011

    " I used to work with one of the dr's at OSU who was on the review board for this case and am astonished at their decision. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Denise | 3/22/2011

    " Chilling, engrossing. A very good, but troubling read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laurie | 2/28/2011

    " A non fiction book that reads like fiction. This truly is a book about a doctor, a healer, that got away with more murders than we will probably ever know. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 David | 2/12/2011

    " As I read this I kept thinking there was no way Swango would get away this time. And yet he did too many times. His amazing ability to wiggle out of trouble kept me fascinated throughout the whole book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Erika | 9/28/2010

    " I read so many sociopath books it's starting to look bad... If I were to ever be picked up by the police and they investigated my library record I would be locked up for sure. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joel | 9/8/2010

    " Creepy. This guy practiced medicine all over the world - including my hometown - before the feds finally locked him up for good. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jay | 8/30/2010

    " Somehow the fact Swango seemed to get away with so many murders in plain sight draws the reader on in morbid fascination. He seemed to get away with so many using charm and a smile and a lot of false paperwork and denials. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ben | 7/17/2010

    " Fairly biographical in format. Interesting story--slow start but then got interesting half-way through. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Denise | 6/10/2010

    " This book was terrifying -- the things this man got away with are horrific. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Yanty | 4/22/2010

    " a story about psychopathic doctor,killing many patients,unable to be traced,a great impostor "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Toony | 2/9/2010

    " buku tentang psikologis yang cukup menarik untuk dibaca.
    tentang pembunuh berdarah dingin yang juga berprofesi sebagai dokter.
    "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kati | 1/8/2010

    " This book was good and definitely kept my attention but it was sometimes hard not to get bogged down with the details. It also made me never want to go to the hospital and was to say the least a bit freaky. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Reisa | 11/1/2009

    " novel non-fiksi tentang seorang dokter yang cerdas namun memiliki jiwa pembunuh.
    menurut gw isinya cukup bagus, cumaaa membosankan. "

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About the Author

James B. Stewart is the author of Heart of a Soldier, the bestselling Blind Eye and Blood Sport, and the blockbuster Den of Thieves. A former Page-One editor atthe Wall Street Journal, he won a Pulitzer Prize in 1988 for his reporting on the stock market crash and insider trading. He is a regular contributor to SmartMoney and the New Yorker. He lives in New York.

About the Narrator

Boyd Gaines’ many film credits include Second Best, I’m Not Rappaport, Heartbreak Ridge, Fame, and Porky’s. He’s won two Tony Awards for performances in the The Heidi Chronicles and the musical She Loves Me. On television he’s appeared in A Woman Called Jackie, A Son’s Promise, and in the popular series One Day at a Time.