The Blood Doctor (Vintage Crime/Black Lizard) by Ruth Rendell

Ruth Rendell is the award-winning author of the Chief Inspector Wexford mysteries.

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The Blood Doctor (Vintage Crime/Black Lizard) by Ruth Rendell


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  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage Books; (November 11, 2003)
  • ISBN: 1400032520

    Book Description
    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.


    From the Back Cover
    "One of the finest practitioners of her craft in the English-speaking world…. [The Blood Doctor is] densely plotted, psychologically twisted." -The New York Times Book Review

    "Combine[s] Edith Wharton's laserlike psychological and sociological notations with the elegance and intelligence Arthur Conan Doyle brought to genre writing…. [She is] the best mystery writer of our time." – The Boston Globe

    “Vine is the subtlest of writers, and her book’s...
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