In the ninteenth century, New Yorkers flocked to collections of
strange and grotesque oddities called “cabinets of curiosities.” Now,
in lower Manhattan, a modern apartment tower is slated to rise on the site of
one of the old cabinets. Yet when the excavators break into a basement, they
uncover a charnel pit of horror: the remains of thirty-six people murdered and
gruesomely dismembered over 130 years ago by an unknown serial killer.
In the aftermath, FBI Special Agent Pendergast and museum archaeologist
Nora Kelly embark on an investigation that unearths the faint whisper of a
mysterious doctor who once roamed the city, carrying out medical experiments on
living human beings. But just as Nora and Pendergast begin to unravel the clues
to the century-old killings, a fresh spree of murder and surgical mutilation
erupts around them, and New York City is awash in terror.
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