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.
"Compelling....[A] top-notch historical page-turner." (Publishers Weekly)
“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)
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if the reader is right, then even weak novels have a chance!
Dan Ackroyd is really a good reader! He keeps your interest alive, even with this book, that, especially at the beginning, drags on and on with stuff that is by no means neither interesting nor relevant to build up a strong, gripping plot. All together it was a good listening experience, but more so because of the reader and not because of the story.