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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: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2008 ISBN: 9780739359167
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A mesmerizing forensic thriller that thrusts the reader 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. What they see takes their breath away. 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–an ingenious blend of history, suspense and early forensic science–the most compelling chapter 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.

Soon he is moving between the realm of elite medicine, Philadelphia high society, and a teeming badlands of criminality and sexual depravity along the city’s fetid waterfront. With a wealthy, seductive woman clouding his vision, the controversial artist Thomas Eakins sowing scandal, and the secrets of the nation’s powerful surgeons unraveling around him, 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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Quotes & Awards

  • What makes his book so fascinating is the attention to the medical procedures and innovations of the time ... Readers who enjoy Anne Perry’s and Caleb Carr’s psychological thrillers will welcome Goldstone’s brooding, paranoiac addition to the genre. Booklist
  • Packed with historical asides and real-life figures. Entertainment Weekly
  • A clever and entertaining tale…. set in the surgical theaters and medical research halls of late-19th century Philadelphia and Baltimore. Los Angeles Times Book Review
  • Colorful and highly informative.... Evokes the evolving medical profession and the art world in late-19th-century America. USA Today
  • “Long before CSI, the dead were offering up their clues…. will thrill lovers of history, medicine, forensics and, of course, a good mystery. Parade
  • You’ll be gripped by this haunting and atmospheric thriller. Tess Gerritsen
  • Compelling…. [A] top-notch historical page-turner. Publishers Weekly, starred review

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Wayne | 2/20/2014

    " Medical thriller loosely based on historical characters. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Christia | 2/16/2014

    " An interesting glimpse into the medical field in the late 1800's. A medical student finds himself involved with a mystery surrounding the identity of a cadaver, his professor, a fellow medical student, and a missing woman's best friend. A great historical fiction novel. Who knew heroin was originally marketed as an over the counter drug, and was considered a more important development than aspirin?! The fact that some of the characters turned out to be real people made this book that much more interesting (the author does emphasize this is a work of fiction though). I'm now curious about some of the other books written by this author. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Charee | 2/11/2014

    " This book really gave a lot of historical information about the way medicine progressed while giving the reader a really great mystery too. I thought it was super interesting. I didn't, however, need SOOO much detail about some of the procedures, etc. Still a great read though. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Abbey | 2/10/2014

    " Very enjoyable story about medicine in the late 1800s, including a murder mystery, the seedier side of American cities, and the beginnings of what would become modern surgery. And the bad guys don't necessarily get their comeuppance. Will read more by this author. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Janet | 2/1/2014

    " I gave up on this one after struggling to somewhere between 1/4 and 1/3 of the book. I have too many books waiting for me to read them to force myself to finish one I do not like. I like historical fiction; I enjoy medicine and science; but this just did not keep my attention. At this point the main character (the young doctor) has had a few meals, gone out on the town, met a wealthy young lady, seen patients, attended an autopsy. Little action to speak of - more like a journal than a novel. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cindy | 1/29/2014

    " Almost a five-star. Mystery intertwined with history of medicine. Great mix! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tracy | 1/27/2014

    " Fun medical mystery that takes place in the late 1800s. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Katie | 1/18/2014

    " I liked this book more for the history than the actual plot. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Keith | 1/14/2014

    " I enjoyed reading this book very much. It was very entertaining and kept me captivated throughout the entirety of the book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lin | 1/7/2014

    " An interesting read, nothing fantastic, but I enjoyed this. Set in the late 1880's and deals with medicine. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Pam | 12/24/2013

    " As a mystery, it was rather shallow. Many of the characters felt 2-dimensional. But in the context of the history of medicine/anatomy in Philadelphia in the 1800's, it was really interesting. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Becky | 12/22/2013

    " A big snooze! A bit of a knock-off of Caleb Carr's The Alienist which is a much, much better book! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Denise | 12/21/2013

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

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Connie | 12/9/2013

    " A so-so mystery, the main interest is view of medicine in the late 1800's. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Paula | 8/13/2013

    " I learned a great deal about medical practices and procedures of the late 1800s. Although it is fiction, the accounts of medical findings and discoveries are accurate. I truly enjoyed this book, but if you are not interested in medicine at all, then this book is probably not for you. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Helen | 3/29/2013

    " An excellent piece of fiction set in Victorian era Philadelphia. A little bit for everyone: mystery, historical fiction, science, art and romance. Even the famous Philadelphia artist Thomas Eakins makes an appearance. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Suzanne Young | 3/12/2013

    " Interesting mystery at the time postmortems were first considered to be legal and not a criminal act. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Michelle | 12/16/2012

    " A bit slow as far as an audio book goes yet it kept me interested. I didn't particularly care for any of the characters. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ben | 4/27/2012

    " An average historical/medical thriller. The writing style was decent, capturing the flavor of the time fairly well. The story was moderately compelling but not quite what you're looking for in a page-turner. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Edward | 2/14/2012

    " A whole bundle of how modern medicine developed in this country. The books was going 5 star amazing until it neared the end and seemed to roll over. Probably because so many of the characters were real people that there was a need to get out of the plot without changing history. :) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Patty | 2/4/2012

    " An interesting mystery set in the early 1890's when the skills of surgery and autopsy were just being developed. Not for the faint of heart, the descriptions of surgery and autopsy are pretty graphic in places. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Brittney | 12/4/2011

    " I would give this 2.5 stars if I could. A good mystery and fascinating points of history to look at, but a bit dragging at times. Not my favorite kind of mystery, but I'm glad I read it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kat | 7/28/2011

    " A fine historical mystery set in Philadelphia after the Civil war. Lots of history of medicine thrown in as well as origins and history of John Hopkins' med school in Baltimore. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Willa Grant | 6/5/2011

    " As much as I am not a fan of modern western medicine, I really loved this mystery for it's history of medical practices and the doctors involved as much as I enjoyed the mystery itself. The mystery was was sad, the characters too. But a riveting read none the less. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Becky | 5/2/2011

    " I enjoyed this historical fiction book. I learned a lot about the history of modern medicine and enjoyed a mystery in the process.
    I would like to read other books from this author. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tracy | 5/1/2011

    " Fun medical mystery that takes place in the late 1800s. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Andrea | 4/22/2011

    " tedious, snippets were interesting, rest unmemorable "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cindy | 4/15/2011

    " Almost a five-star. Mystery intertwined with history of medicine. Great mix! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Helen | 4/1/2011

    " An excellent piece of fiction set in Victorian era Philadelphia. A little bit for everyone: mystery, historical fiction, science, art and romance. Even the famous Philadelphia artist Thomas Eakins makes an appearance. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Katie | 2/9/2011

    " It was ok. It didn't have me sitting on the edge of my seat. I liked all the medical information. (Although is might have gone into a little to much detail to read while eating lunch! haha) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Debbie | 2/3/2011

    " Fun read. A little rushed toward the end but enjoyable. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Michelle | 12/29/2010

    " A bit slow as far as an audio book goes yet it kept me interested. I didn't particularly care for any of the characters. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kate | 12/1/2010

    " This was a book chosen for book club. Just okay. Wouldn't necessarily recommend it to anyone. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Matthew | 8/2/2010

    " i thought this was a really well done historical who done it. I got into the characters and the plot kept me guessing, pretty much. Very well done. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lynnette | 7/20/2010

    " Literary Guild describes this book as follows: A smart, carefully crafted tale that seamlessly blends history, early forensic science, and knife-edged suspense.
    Well, not quite... "

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About the Author
Author Lawrence Goldstone

Lawrence Goldstone is the author or coauthor of fourteen books of fiction and nonfiction, including Rights, which won a New American Writing Award, and Anatomy of Deception, a New York Times notable mystery. His articles, reviews, and opinion pieces have appeared in the Wall Street Journal, Boston Globe, Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, and other periodicals. He has appeared on many TV and radio shows, and his work has been profiled in the New York Times, Toronto Star, Salon, and Slate.

About the Narrator

David Ackroyd is an American actor who first came to prominence in soap operas such as The Secret Storm and Another World. He was born in Orange, New Jersey, a suburb of Newark.