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October 16, 2013

THE ANATOMY OF DECEPTION by Lawrence Goldstone




Lawrence Goldstone

“You can demand courtesy but you have to earn respect.”
Lawrence Goldstone
The Anatomy of Deception
Published February 24th 2009 by Delta
(first published 2008)

(from Goodreads)

The year is 1889. In the morgue of a Philadelphia hospital, physicians uncover the corpse of a beautiful young woman. What they see takes their breath away. Within days, one doctor, Ephraim Carroll, strongly suspects that he knows the woman’s identity…and the horrifying events that led to her death.Dr. 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. 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. Soon he is moving between the realm of elite medicine, Philadelphia high society, and a teeming badlands of criminality and sexual depravity along the city’s fetid waterfront. With a wealthy, seductive woman clouding his vision, the controversial artist Thomas Eakins sowing scandal, and the secrets of the nation’s powerful surgeons unraveling around him, 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.

Philadelphia, late 1800's is the setting for the book. Physicians were doing autopsies in the Dead House, a morgue. These bodies were found on the streets.  The primary physician sent the last body back to Dead House after he covered the body back up.  It was a female, young who was traveling with her family through Europe. The attending physician, Ephraim Carroll had been asked to look into her disappearance. What he found was that the girl may have died in an abortion that went wrong. In other words she was murdered. The author combined history, medical procedures, setting and forensic details into  a fascinating, intriguing story.  Then a second mysterious death seems to have been another murder.   Ephraim starts an investigation into these murders.   This investigation takes him in several different directions, top medicine, high society and the city's waterfront where there is everyday crimes and sexual depravity. Ephraim feels he is getting closer to the murderer, but what he finds out is the murderer may also be a drug dealer. The author did a good job of describing the characters and placing them in the scenes. The author added in the murders which were quite a mystery. Ephraim is faced with a very hard decision at the end of the book.  So get yourself a copy of THE ANATOMY OF DECEPTION by Lawrence Goldstone and follow Ephraim into the dark corners of the waterfront and see if the murderer can be found.  Or will the murderer go on killing? Will medicine suffer from the findings?  You won't want to miss out on this murder mystery with  autopsies, history and some real characters.  That's an awful good combination.

The book is indeed fiction but some real people make appearances in the book.  I'll let you find out as you read.

I would give this book 4 STARS.

I was given a complimentary copy of THE ANATOMY DECEPTION from the author, Lawrence Goldstone for this unbiased review.

Lawrence Goldstone is the author of fourteen books of both fiction and non-fiction. Six of those books were co-authored with his wife, Nancy, but they now write separately to save what is left of their dishes.
Goldstone's articles, reviews, and opinion pieces have appeared in, among other publications, the Boston Globe, Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, Miami Herald, Hartford Courant, and Berkshire Eagle. He has also written for a number of magazines that have gone bust, although he denies any cause and effect.
His first novel, Rights, won a New American Writing Award but he now cringes at its awkward prose. (Anatomy of Deception and The Astronomer are much better.)
Despite a seemingly incurable tendency to say what's on his mind (thus mortifying Nancy), Goldstone has been widely interviewed on both radio and television, with appearances on, among others, "Fresh Air" (NPR), "To the Best of Our Knowledge" (NPR), "The Faith Middleton Show" (NPR), "Tavis Smiley" (PBS), and Leonard Lopate (WNYC). His work has also been profiled in The New York Times, The Toronto Star, numerous regional newspapers, Salon, and Slate.
Goldstone holds a PhD in American Constitutional Studies from the New School. His friends thus call him DrG, although he can barely touch the rim. (Sigh. Can't make a layup anymore either.) He and his beloved bride founded and ran an innovative series of parent-child book groups, which they documented in Deconstructing Penguins. He has also been a teacher, lecturer, senior member of a Wall Street trading firm, taxi driver, actor, quiz show contestant, and policy analyst at the Hudson Institute.
He is a unerring stock picker. Everything he buys instantly goes down.

Just a few of Lawrence Goldstone and Nancy Goldstone's books.
Out of the Flames: The Remarkable Story of a Fearless Scholar, a Fatal Heresy, and One of the Rarest Books in the WorldOut of the Flames: The Remarkable Story of a Fearless Scholar, a Fatal Heresy, and One of the Rarest Books in the WorldDeconstructing Penguins: Parents, Kids, and the Bond of ReadingThe Astronomer 

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