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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (232 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Michael Baden, Linda Kenney Narrator: Michele Santopietro Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Jake Rosen & Manny Manfreda Series Release Date: August 2005 ISBN: 9780739324042
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From Michael Baden (former New York City chief medical examiner, chief forensic pathologist for the New York State Police and for the U.S. Congress investigations into the assassinations of President John F. Kennedy and Martin Luther King, Jr., and host of the hit HBO series Autopsy) and Linda Kenney (civil rights attorney and guest legal commentator on Court TV, CNN, and MSNBC), a masterful debut crime novel–the first in a stunning new series in contemporary suspense–that brilliantly mines the worlds of forensic science and law and introduces an irresistible crime-fighting team.
Philomena “Manny” Manfreda is a crusading attorney for the disenfranchised. Five years out of law school, with an apartment not much bigger than one of her beloved Prada shoe boxes and a burgeoning reputation as one of the city’s fiercest litigators, Manny is an unabashed shopaholic who changes her hair color weekly, carries her poodle, Mycroft, everywhere, and whose idea of therapy is the preparation of an eight-course Italian meal.

Dr. Jake Rosen is the deputy chief medical examiner of New York City, a confirmed workaholic and bachelor who lives alone in an oversized nineteenth-century Manhattan brownstone littered with morbid memorabilia and forensic artifacts, and who divides his life between the autopsy table and Chinese takeout.

When a body is unearthed beneath the construction site of a mall near the Catskill Mountains, Jake is called to the scene by his elderly mentor, Dr. Pete Harrigan, to examine the bones. Further investigation reveals a gruesome discovery: additional skeletal remains with striking abnormalities. After one of the victims is identified, the family of the deceased retains Manny to represent them, and, with Jake, she is swept into a terrifying vortex of murder and deceit, where a mounting body count hides both a shocking cover-up and a devastating love story.

A chilling debut that introduces a major new voice in crime fiction.


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Quotes & Awards

  • Over the years I’ve sat in many a courtroom–for the Claus von Bulow and the O.J. Simpson trials among many others–where Michael Baden, in his role as medical examiner and forensic expert, has held me spellbound with his riveting testimony about a murder victim’s cause of death. Now Baden and his wife, Linda Kenney, an acclaimed civil rights attorney, have written a page-turner of a novel, with scenes set in morgues and during autopsies, about a forensic pathologist and litigator’s quest to solve a crime, that is tough, taut, highly entertaining, and even romantic. Dominick Dunne
  • Baden and Kenney have given us the best wise-cracking, crime-fighting couple since Nick and Nora Charles. From the courtroom to the crime scene, a nonstop thriller by real pros in the world of crime and justice. I can’t wait for the next installment! Catherine Crier
  • Dr. Michael Baden, revered as our nation’s foremost medical examiner, teams up with his bride, Linda Kenney, a tenacious litigator, and together they pen a riveting, fast-paced debut novel. The tempestuous nature of this drama takes the reader on a journey into the interstices of our justice system enmeshed in a resounding, triumphant struggle that is enormously entertaining, enlightening and satisfying. Remains Silent is an heroic effort worthy of its authors’ profound expertise. Robert K. Tanenbaum
  • Wonderfully done…Baden and Kenney are formidable, and Remains Silent sparkles. Patricia Cornwell
  • A chilling book that will keep even the most sophisticated reader guessing unitl the very last page . . . Readers will be enlightened and captivated by this book that makes CSI and NYPD Blue look like child’s play. Ann Rule
  • Bullets, bones, and baffling bodies. From corpus delicti to habeas corpus, Baden and Kenney are the real thing. They know murder, and it shows! Kathy Reichs
  • A killer combination. The crime scene, the morgue, the courtroom–nobody knows these places better than Baden and Kenney. They tell a chilling story, full of authentic detail and delicious personal entanglements. Dead men may not tell tales, but these two experts are off to a brilliant start. Linda Fairstein

Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Danielle | 1/16/2014

    " I enjoyed the plot and mystery. It was very interesting and very suspenseful. I didn't really warm to either of the main characters and thought the abrupt resolution at the end was a bit off kilter. Overall, this was a fun read, but not amazing. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Stephanie Castleman | 1/14/2014

    " Sorry Dr. Baden, but I think you should probably stick to non-fiction. This book is lame and poorly written. There are many better fiction titles in the same subject. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 James Keenley | 1/8/2014

    " This book remains on my short list of the worst books I've read. Ever. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bethany | 1/1/2014

    " I would give this a solid 3.5 stars. It's a fast, page-turner mystery. I found the case fascinating and stayed up until 1 am reading "just one more" page. The book has an emphasis on forensic science w/o getting gory or technical. The ending is okay. It's 99% clean. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Shaunna | 12/14/2013

    " Listened to this on tape, cheesy dialog at times but an engaging mystery. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Randomboredom | 11/20/2013

    " This was a good book. It was easy to read, and took no time to get through it but it was enjoyable. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Katie Lynn | 11/11/2013

    " pretty much what you expect from a murder mystery. Didn't love it; didn't hate it. Wouldn't recommend or dissuade from reading it. How is THAT for a nondescript "What did you think?" "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Findley | 11/7/2013

    " I love the New York City references throughout this thriller. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Melanie | 11/6/2013

    " Don't waste time on this husband and wife writing team despite the glowing jacket blurbs. Trite, contrived, unbelievable, cliched... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alana | 8/4/2013

    " At times cheesy, but a page-turner nonetheless. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jessica | 4/8/2013

    " There's a good story, good set-up in this book if you get past the silly dialogue and pretty ridiculous main female character. Relatively clean, easy murder-mystery read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rebecca | 1/8/2013

    " catching up on a book club selection through the local library "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Daniel Meltzer | 11/20/2012

    " pretty funny book. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Elocin | 4/6/2012

    " this book just sucked ass by the time i got halfway through it. i didnt bother finishing it "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Regan | 3/12/2012

    " Interesting first fiction for non-fiction writer Baden. There's a bit too much internal thought, but an enjoyable cozy mystery. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mary G. | 2/27/2012

    " A really nice debut. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Chriser123 Dittman | 9/9/2011

    " FUN - This is a easy mystery book. It is written by a couple and is about a couple of sleuths. One is a pathologist and the other is a lawyer. It passes the time when I don't want to read anything deep. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stephen | 8/29/2011

    " I liked it, well written with a good story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Beka | 8/18/2011

    " An interesting crime novel written by an actual medical examiner. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Antonia | 6/24/2011

    " I enjoyed the plot of this story. A good who-done-it. Quick read. For some reason, I had some difficulty remembering the different character's names. I also like that it took place in the "Catskills." "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Melanie | 3/31/2011

    " Don't waste time on this husband and wife writing team despite the glowing jacket blurbs. Trite, contrived, unbelievable, cliched... "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Danielle | 3/1/2011

    " I enjoyed the plot and mystery. It was very interesting and very suspenseful. I didn't really warm to either of the main characters and thought the abrupt resolution at the end was a bit off kilter. Overall, this was a fun read, but not amazing. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Katie Lynn | 12/31/2010

    " pretty much what you expect from a murder mystery. Didn't love it; didn't hate it. Wouldn't recommend or dissuade from reading it. How is THAT for a nondescript "What did you think?" "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Chriser123 | 11/1/2009

    " FUN - This is a easy mystery book. It is written by a couple and is about a couple of sleuths. One is a pathologist and the other is a lawyer. It passes the time when I don't want to read anything deep. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Beka | 9/1/2009

    " An interesting crime novel written by an actual medical examiner. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Linda | 7/29/2009

    " I thought it would be more forensic to solve and less rambling around the story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Regan | 7/25/2009

    " Interesting first fiction for non-fiction writer Baden. There's a bit too much internal thought, but an enjoyable cozy mystery. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bethany | 4/16/2009

    " I would give this a solid 3.5 stars. It's a fast, page-turner mystery. I found the case fascinating and stayed up until 1 am reading "just one more" page. The book has an emphasis on forensic science w/o getting gory or technical. The ending is okay. It's 99% clean. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Randomboredom | 10/3/2008

    " This was a good book. It was easy to read, and took no time to get through it but it was enjoyable. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Findley | 9/18/2008

    " I love the New York City references throughout this thriller. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rebecca | 8/26/2008

    " catching up on a book club selection through the local library "

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About the Author

Michael Baden, MD, is one of America’s leading forensic experts.  He has overseen cases ranging from the death of John Belushi to the examination of the remains of Tsar Nicholas II and has served as an expert witness in countless criminal cases, including the trials of Claus von Bulow and O. J. Simpson. He has been a consulting forensic pathologist to the US Department of Justice, the US Department of Veterans Affairs, the FBI, and the Russian government, as well as a visiting professor at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, and Albany Medical College.