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Author: Charles Graeber Narrator: Will Collyer Publisher: Twelve Audio Length: Release Date: April 2013 Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download ISBN: 9781611135527

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Coming to Netflix this fall starring Eddie Redmayne and Jessica Chastain⁠—a “stunning book...that should and does bring to mind In Cold Blood” and takes you inside the mind of America's most prolific serial killer, whose 16-year long "nursing" career left as many as 400 dead. (New York Times)


After his December 2003 arrest, registered nurse Charlie Cullen was quickly dubbed "The Angel of Death" by the media. But Cullen was no mercy killer, nor was he a simple monster. He was a favorite son, husband, beloved father, best friend, and celebrated caregiver. Implicated in the deaths of as many as 300 patients, he was also perhaps the most prolific serial killer in American history.

Cullen's murderous career in the world's most trusted profession spanned sixteen years and nine hospitals across New Jersey and Pennsylvania. When, in March of 2006, Charles Cullen was marched from his final sentencing in an Allentown, Pennsylvania, courthouse into a waiting police van, it seemed certain that the chilling secrets of his life, career, and capture would disappear with him. Now, in a riveting piece of investigative journalism nearly ten years in the making, journalist Charles Graeber presents the whole story for the first time. Based on hundreds of pages of previously unseen police records, interviews, wire-tap recordings and videotapes, as well as exclusive jailhouse conversations with Cullen himself and the confidential informant who helped bring him down, The Good Nurse weaves an urgent, terrifying tale of murder, friendship, and betrayal.

Graeber's portrait of Cullen depicts a surprisingly intelligent and complicated young man whose promising career was overwhelmed by his compulsion to kill, and whose shy demeanor masked a twisted interior life hidden even to his family and friends. Were it not for the hardboiled, unrelenting work of two former Newark homicide detectives racing to put together the pieces of Cullen's professional past, and a fellow nurse willing to put everything at risk, including her job and the safety of her children, there's no telling how many more lives could have been lost.

In the tradition of In Cold Blood,The Good Nurse does more than chronicle Cullen's deadly career and the breathless efforts to stop him; it paints an incredibly vivid portrait of madness and offers a penetrating look inside America's medical system. Harrowing and irresistibly paced, this book will make you look at medicine, hospitals, and the people who work in them, in an entirely different way.

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  • “You think Annie Wilkes was bad? Check out this chilling nonfiction account of Charlie Cullen, a friendly nurse who may have killed several hundred patients before he was caught.”

    - Stephen King, #1 New York Times bestselling author
  • “A stunning book…The eagerness of ambitious hospital administrators to cover up his misdeeds is revelatory. And the police investigation that brought him down is a thriller in every sense of that word.”

    - New York Times
  • “A standout true-crime book, one that doubles as both a thrilling horror story and a cautionary tale and frightens and frustrates in equal measure.”

    - Boston Globe
  • “A gripping look into a killer’s mind…as suspenseful as any crime novel.”

    - Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
  • “Graeber makes the most of the dramatic story…A deeply unsettling addition to the true crime genre.”

    - Publishers Weekly
  • “A thrilling and suspenseful page-turner that is sure to be loved by the majority of readers, who will be both horrified and fascinated.

    - Kirkus Reviews


  • A New York Times bestseller
  • One of Kirkus Reviews’ Best Books of 2013
  • A 2013 Entertainment Weekly Best Book for Nonfiction
  • A Wall Street Journal bestseller
  • A 2014 Edgar Allan Poe Award Nominee for Best Fact Crime Book
  • New York Times audio bestseller

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    " The Good Nurse is a scary story! To think that innocent people went to the hospital for medical care only to be killed by a psycho nurse who used any manner of medical equipment or narcotics to carry out the murders. It would never dawn on me that this would be a possibility. Scary stuff!!! "

    - Julie, 7/29/2019

About the Author

Charles Graeber has written for Wired, GQ, the New Yorker, New York, Outside, Bloomberg Businessweek, and the New York Times, among other publications. His work has received numerous awards, including the 2011 Ed Cunningham Award for outstanding international journalism from the Overseas Press Club and a New York Press Club Prize. Born in Iowa, he lives in Nantucket, Massachusetts, and Brooklyn, New York.

About the Narrator

Will Collyer, an AudioFile Earphones Award–winning narrator, is a film, television, and stage actor. He has starred in television shows such as Melrose Place, Charmed, CSI: Miami, and Boston Public, as well as numerous films and plays. He holds a BA in theater arts from the UCLA School of Theater, Film, and Television.