'lays on the grisly detail with a practising doctor's detached eye' - Publishers Weekly
The museum of Anatomy and Pathology in St Benjamin’s Medical School is the greatest of its kind.
Any death occurring within its walls would have created ripples within the academic world, but the death of Nikki Exner is far from being ordinary.
Raped, and then grotesquely executed, her theatrical murder horrifies everyone.
John Eisenmenger, a former forensic pathologist, finds himself dragged unwillingly into the Exner case, despite his desire to forget the haunting past of his professional life.
He suffers awful flashbacks and his partner Marie feels the strain as the investigation takes him further away from her.
Full of rage she threatens him in a manner he initially thinks is bizarre, until she explodes when he least expects it...
The police have fingered a suspect for the murder but Eisenmenger thinks they are wrong.
The results of his second autopsy just don’t add up to the findings of the first.
Teaming up with solicitor Helena Flemming — who has her own personal reasons for wanting to prove the police wrong — Eisenmenger sets out to discover what really did happen to Nikki Exner.
His suspicions are confirmed as evidence slowly comes to light, but Police officer Beverly Wharton is hell bent on ensuring her initial assessment of the crime is not questioned.
Despite Wharton’s panic, both Eisenmenger and Flemming persevere to uncover the truth, as disturbing as that truth might be.
They find there is much more at stake than uncovering the identity of a murderer.
There are scores to be settled, demons to be exorcised and, not least, vengeance to be had.
A Feast of Carrion is a superb fast-paced medical thriller.
Keith McCarthy was born in Croydon, Surrey. Educated at Dulwich College and then at St George’s Hospital Medical School, he began practising pathology in 1985 and has done so ever since. At present Keith is a Consultant Histopathologist in Gloucestershire where he lives with his wife and three daughters.
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Keith McCarthy was born in Croydon, Surrey. Educated at Dulwich College and then at St George's Hospital Medical School, he began practising pathology in 1985. At present Keith is a Consultant Histopathologist in Gloucestershire where he lives with his wife and three daughters. He is currently working on his third novel featuring ex-pathologist Dr John Eisenmenger and his partner Helena Flemming.From AudioFile:
When the body of a beautiful coed is found hanging, apparently raped, and grotesquely drawn-and-quartered in the Pathology Museum of St. Benjamin's Medical School, ex-pathologist John Eisenmenger, attorney Helena Flemming, and erstwhile policeman Bob Johnson begin a semi-authorized private investigation. Narrator Sean Barrett is remarkable as the multitude of students, professors, husbands, and wives who come under the police microscope as possible suspects. Barrett's reading style is truthful and understated. As each new character is introduced, his/her personality is immediately identifiable by Barrett's slight hesitations, vocal twitches, and breathing rhythms, altered just slightly to fit. While longer pauses between scenes would help listeners orient themselves to the new sets of characters and circumstances, overall, this is a compelling novel performed by a master narrator. S.J.H. © AudioFile 2009, Portland, Maine
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