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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: Random House Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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This mesmerizing forensic thriller 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. 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. Download and start listening now!


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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by 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 by 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 by 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 by 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. "

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