On Sale: January 8, 2019
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A remarkable new historical thriller by New York
Times notable mystery author Lawrence Goldstone that evokes
the New York City of 1899.
In 1899, in Brooklyn, New York, Dr. Noah Whitestone is
called urgently to his wealthy neighbor’s house to treat a
five-year-old boy with a shocking set of symptoms. When the
child dies suddenly later that night, Noah is accused by the
boy’s regular physician—the powerful and politically
connected Dr. Arnold Frias—of prescribing a lethal dose of
To prove his innocence, Noah must investigate the murder—for
it must be murder—and confront the man whom he is convinced
is the real killer. His investigation leads him to a
reporter for a muckraking magazine and a beautiful radical
editor who are convinced that a secret, experimental drug
from Germany has caused the death of at least five local
children, and possibly many more. By degrees, Noah is drawn
into a dangerous world of drugs, criminals, and politics,
which threatens not just his career but also his life.
As he did in his first highly successful medical thriller
The Anatomy of Deception, Goldstone weaves a savvy
tale of intrigue and stunning twists that incorporates
real-life historical figures and events into the action
while richly recreating the closing days of the nineteenth
century—a time when American might was on the march in the
Pacific, medicine was poised to leap into a new era, radical
politics threatened the status quo in American and Europe,
and the role of women in American society was undergoing
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