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The Anatomy of Deception by Lawrence Goldstone
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Mar 13, 2008

really liked it
bookshelves: historical-fiction, mystery

Goldstone’s memoir and paean to books entitled Used & Rare was delightful, so I was intrigued to start his debut novel, The Anatomy of Deception. It’s an absorbing psychological thriller set in late 19th Century Philadelphia. A young, idealistic doctor, Ephraim Carroll, is proud to study under the famous Dr. William Osler, but suddenly finds himself at odds with his mentor when the body of a murdered young woman turns up at The Dead House, the hospital’s morgue. Enriching the atmospheric novel are well-researched period details, figures from history, and particularly the medical innovations of the time period. Spanning the city’s glittering elite and the shadowy, perilous dives of the waterfront, Carroll pursues a killer armed with his medical knowledge. The Anatomy of Deception is a thoroughly satisfying read for discerning fans of historical mysteries.

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