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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (848 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Lawrence Goldstone Narrator: David Ackroyd Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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A mesmerizing forensic thriller that thrusts the listener into the operating rooms, drawing rooms, and back alleys of 1889 Philadelphia, as a young doctor grapples with the principles of scientific process to track a daring killer.

In the morgue of a Philadelphia hospital, a group of physicians open a coffin and uncover the corpse of a beautiful young woman. Within days one of them strongly suspects that he knows the woman’s identity . . . and the horrifying events that led to her death. But in this richly atmospheric novel, the most compelling moment is yet to come, as young Ephraim Carroll is plunged into a maze of murder, secrets, and unimaginable crimes. . . . 

Dr. Ephraim Carroll came to Philadelphia to study with a leading professor, the brilliant William Osler, believing that he would gain the power to save countless lives. As America hurtles toward a new century, medicine is changing rapidly, in part due to the legalization of autopsy–a crime only a few years before. But Carroll and his mentor are at odds over what they glimpsed that morning in the hospital’s Dead House. And when a second mysterious death is determined to have been a ruthless murder, Carroll can feel the darkness gathering around him–and he ignites an investigation of his own. Ultimately, Carroll is forced to confront an agonizing moral choice–between exposing a killer, undoing a wrong, and, quite possibly, protecting the future of medicine itself.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Denise | 2/18/2014

    " ok medical thriller, historical. Based on a real life character William Osler, the father of modern medicine. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Shawn | 2/17/2014

    " This book is about a group of doctors in the 19th century that are doing autopsies on the dead that are found in the lowest areas of Philadelphia. They come across a women that is clearly of the upper class, but are taken away from her quickly as the head physician seems upset by the body. A thriller and somewhat of a mystery begins, as one of the doctors falls into the middle of a dark secret that leads him to the art world, the society world and even upsets his lonely existence. This is an interesting book and I learned a lot about the medical field of that time, as well as some of the curious quirks of doctors, and the different beliefs of the churches at that time. Great read, and a good mystery! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Lauren | 2/15/2014

    " Not bad, but not always as realistic as it could be. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Beth | 1/29/2014

    " Too much historical name dropping (i.e., Thomas Eakins, William Stewart Halsted, etc.) and I didn't like the ending. It was a struggle for me to get through the book, which is a shame, because it had a nice premise. Disappointing. "

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