In the backstreets of Philadelphia, a surgeon tracks a terrifying killer.
1889: Ephraim Carroll is talented and idealistic, and training to be a surgeon.
Then, in the morgue of the city hospital, he uncovers the corpse of a beautiful young woman. His enquiries as to her identity, as well as how and why she died, take him from his bloody and brutal medical world into the drawing rooms of Philadelphia's high society where he soon learns that nothing - and no one - is what they seem.
Plunged into a maze of deception and deadly secrets, Carroll is forced to choose between exposing a killer, undoing a terrible wrong, and, quite possibly, protecting the future of medicine itself.
Set in a world in which doctors killed as many patients as they cured, The Anatomy of Deception is an intriguing and richly atmospheric blend of history, early forensic science and knife-edge suspense.