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    The Good Nurse: A True Story of Medicine, Madness, and Murder (Thorndike Large Print Crime Scene) (Hardback) By (author) Charles Graeber

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    DescriptionAfter his December 2003 arrest, registered nurse Charlie Cullen was quickly dubbed "The Angel of Death" by the media. But Cullen was no mercy killer, nor was he a simple monster. He was a favorite son, husband, beloved father, best friend, and celebrated caregiver. Implicated in the deaths of as many as 300 patients, he was also perhaps the most prolific serial killer in American history. Cullen's murderous career in the world's most trusted profession spanned sixteen years and nine hospitals across New Jersey and Pennsylvania. When, in March of 2006, Charles Cullen was marched from his final sentencing in an Allentown, Pennsylvania, courthouse into a waiting police van, it seemed certain that the chilling secrets of his life, career, and capture would disappear with him. Now, in a riveting piece of investigative journalism nearly ten years in the making, journalist Charles Graeber presents the whole story for the first time. Based on hundreds of pages of previously unseen police records, interviews, wire-tap recordings and videotapes, as well as exclusive jailhouse conversations with Cullen himself and the confidential informant who helped bring him down, THE GOOD NURSE weaves an urgent, terrifying tale of murder, friendship, and betrayal. Graeber's portrait of Cullen depicts a surprisingly intelligent and complicated young man whose promising career was overwhelmed by his compulsion to kill, and whose shy demeanor masked a twisted interior life hidden even to his family and friends. Were it not for the hardboiled, unrelenting work of two former Newark homicide detectives racing to put together the pieces of Cullen's professional past, and a fellow nurse willing to put everything at risk, including her job and the safety of her children, there's no telling how many more lives could have been lost. In the tradition of "In Cold Blood, " THE GOOD NURSE does more than chronicle Cullen's deadly career and the breathless efforts to stop him; it paints an incredibly vivid portrait of madness and offers a penetrating look inside America's medical system. Harrowing and irresistibly paced, this book will make you look at medicine, hospitals, and the people who work in them, in an entirely different way.


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    Title
    The Good Nurse
    Subtitle
    A True Story of Medicine, Madness, and Murder
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Charles Graeber
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 601
    Width: 145 mm
    Height: 218 mm
    Thickness: 33 mm
    Weight: 658 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9781410460356
    ISBN 10: 1410460355
    Classifications

    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: BIO
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T4.6
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    BIC subject category V2: MBD
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
    DC22: B
    LC subject heading:
    B&T General Subject: 805
    Ingram Subject Code: NC
    Libri: I-NC
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 16920
    BIC subject category V2: BTC
    BISAC V2.8: BIO017000
    BIC subject category V2: BGTA
    LC subject heading:
    BIC subject category V2: JMP
    B&T Merchandise Category: LP
    B&T Approval Code: C39205040
    LC subject heading:
    BISAC V2.8: PSY022000
    B&T Approval Code: C39208200
    BISAC V2.8: TRU002010
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: E4
    LC subject heading:
    DC22: 364.152/32092
    DC21: 364.15232092
    LC subject heading: , ,
    LC classification: HV6248.C85 G73 2013B
    Edition
    Large type / large print
    Edition statement
    large type edition
    Publisher
    Thorndike Press
    Imprint name
    Thorndike Press
    Publication date
    11 September 2013
    Author Information
    Charles Graeber is an award winning journalist and contributor to numerous publications including "Wired," "GQ," "The New Yorker," " New York Magazine," "Vogue," "Outside Magazine," "Men's Journal," "Bloomberg Businessweek," "Travel + Leisure, " and "The New York Times," and an occasional guest on CNN, NPR, and other radio programs. As a former medical student and researcher, his co-authored papers appeared in scientific journals including "Kidney International." His work has been honored with prizes including the Overseas Press Club award for outstanding international journalism, the New York Press Club prize for the year's best magazine spot news reportage, several National Magazine Award-nominations, and inclusion in numerous anthologies including "The Best American Crime Writing," "The Best American Science Writing," "The Best American Business Writing" and "The Best of National Geographic Adventure." Born in Iowa, he now lives in Nantucket, MA and Brooklyn, NY. For more information, you can visit www.CharlesGraeber.com.
    Review quote
    "The most terrifying book published this year. It is also one of the most thoughtful.... From a long series of conversations with Cullen, the detectives who solved the case and Amy, a nurse who once was Cullen's best friend and eventually got him to confess, among many other sources, Graeber has crafted a book that is a revelation. THE GOOD NURSE is gripping, sad, suspenseful, rhythmic and beautifully documented (the endnotes to this book are impressive)."-- "Kirkus Reviews"