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The Blood Doctor: A Novelby Barbara Vine
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Sometimes it’s best to leave the past alone. For when biographer Martin Nanther looks into the life of his famous great-grandfather Henry, Queen Victoria’s favorite physician, he discovers some rather unsettling coincidences, like the fact that the doctor married the sister of his recently murdered fiancée. The more Martin researches his distant relative, the more fascinated—and horrified—he becomes. Why did people have a habit of dying around his great grandfather? And what did his late daughter mean when she wrote that he’s done “monstrous, quite appalling things”?
Barbara Vine (a.k.a. Ruth Rendell) deftly weaves this story of an eminent Victorian with a modern yarn about the embattled biographer, who is watching the House of Lords prepare to annul membership for hereditary peers and thus strip him of his position. Themes of fate and family snake throughout this teasing psychological suspense, a typically chilling tale from a master of the genre.
The author of numerous novels, including A Dark-Adapted Eye, Anna's Book, and Grasshopper, Barbara Vine is a pen name of Ruth Rendell. Rendell has won many awards, including three Edgars and four Gold Daggers. She lives in London, England.
From the Trade Paperback edition.
When Martin Nanther, Hereditary Peer in the House of Lords, is choosing the subject of his next biography, he becomes intrigued by the life of his own ancestor, Henry Nanther, physician to Queen Victoria's royal family and a specialist in hemophilia. As Martin's research deepens, he begins to wonder whether Henry's fascination for blood may have made him capable of spilling it for his own gratification. And might Henry's secret crimes be reaching across the century to claim victims today?
Drawing from the dark themes of obsession and murder that drive many of Barbara Vine's extraordinary novels. The Blood Doctor is also enriched by the domestic intimacies familiar to readers of Ruth Rendell's beloved Inspector Wexford novels, and by the events in the House of Lords derived from Dame Rendell's own experiences since Queen Elizabeth named her a Lifetime Peer in 1999. The Blood Doctor is another masterful work from a storyteller of the highest order.
About the Author
The author of numerous novels, including A Dark-Adapted Eye, Anna’s Book, and Grasshopper, Barbara Vine is a pen name of Ruth Rendell. Rendell has won many awards, including three Edgars and four Gold Daggers. She lives in London, England.
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