The Way of All Flesh (Hardback)Ambrose Parry (author)
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A vivid and gripping historical crime novel set in 19th century Edinburgh, The Way of All Flesh is a new venture for bestselling author Chris Brookmyre writing in collaboration with consultant anaesthetist Dr Marisa Haetzman
The only difference between a medicine and a poison is the dosage.
Edinburgh, 1847. City of Medicine, Money, Murder.
In the city's Old Town a number of young women have been found dead, all having suffered similarly gruesome ends. Across the city in the New Town, medical student Will Raven is about to start his apprenticeship with the brilliant and renowned Dr Simpson. Simpson's patients range from the richest to the poorest of this divided city. His house is like no other, full of visiting luminaries and daring experiments in the new medical frontier of anaesthesia.
It is here that Raven meets housemaid Sarah Fisher, who recognises trouble when she sees it and takes an immediate dislike to him. She has all of Raven's intelligence but none of his privileges, in particular his medical education.
With each having their own motive to look deeper into the city's spate of suspicious deaths, Raven and Sarah find themselves propelled headlong into the darkest shadows of Edinburgh's underworld, where they will have to overcome their differences if they are to make it out alive.
Chosen by Ian Rankin – who called the book ‘A rip-roaring tale of murder amid the medical experiments of 19th-century Edinburgh [that] brings both city and period to colourful life and is a joy to read – as his summer read in the Guardian, this is a masterful work of historical crime fiction. Infused with a dry humour and forensically well-researched, it brings Edinburgh’s past vigorously to life.
Publisher: Canongate Books Ltd
Number of pages: 416
Weight: 685 g
Dimensions: 240 x 162 x 37 mm
'Parry's Victorian Edinburgh comes vividly alive - and it's a world of pain.' - Val McDermid
'Menacing, witty and ingeniously plotted, Ambrose Parry's debut draws you into the dark heart of nineteenth-century Edinburgh and won't let you go until the final page.' - S.J. Parris
'A rip-roaring tale of murder amid the medical experiments of 19th-century Edinburgh. The book brings both city and period to colourful life and is a joy to read.' - Ian Rankin, The Guardian
'Utterly compelling, this tale of Old Edinburgh is so full of characters and startling incident that I never wanted it to end.' - Denise Mina
'Exceptional.' - Irvine Welsh
'An astonishing debut. The dark and dangerous past is brought thrillingly to life. I can't wait to read more of Raven and Sarah.' - Mark Billingham
'The city of Burke and Hare has found a new classic murder. The Way of All Flesh is a darkly stylish mystery underpinned by hard facts and expert research. A hugely enjoyable debut.' - Louise Welsh
'A terrific read - Victorian Edinburgh's medical world resurrected, and brought vividly to life.' - Gavin Francis
'I adored this atmospheric, enthralling novel. Victorian Edinburgh comes thrillingly to life.' - Jenny Colgan
'Everything you could possibly want in a historical crime fiction novel with extra thrills and chills on the side.' - Stuart MacBride
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