The Blood Doctor: A Novel

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Dec 18, 2007 - Fiction - 384 pages
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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.


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Hereditary peer Martin Nanther has begun research into the life of his great-grandfather Henry, the first Lord Nanther, physician to Queen Victoria and authority on hemophilia. As Martin reads ... Read full review

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In her tenth novel writing as Barbara Vine, Ruth Rendell offers a novel of suspense based in 19th-century England and centering on deceit, murder, and various other family skeletons. Martin Nanther ... Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
1
Section 2
46
Section 3
60
Section 4
70
Section 5
82
Section 6
92
Section 7
104
Section 8
112
Section 18
218
Section 19
224
Section 20
236
Section 21
246
Section 22
254
Section 23
260
Section 24
272
Section 25
281

Section 9
127
Section 10
139
Section 11
149
Section 12
155
Section 13
166
Section 14
173
Section 15
182
Section 16
192
Section 17
207
Section 26
289
Section 27
297
Section 28
307
Section 29
313
Section 30
323
Section 31
341
Section 32
356
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About the author (2007)

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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