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2018-02-14
The Way of All Flesh
Ambrose Parry
Canongate Books
August 2018
448pp
書籍編號:
01-2652
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A vivid and gripping historical crime novel set in 19th century Edinburgh, from husband-and-wife writing team Chris Brookmyre and Marisa Haetzman

The backdrop is the medical world of Edinburgh in the 1840s and the invention of chloroform. Ambrose Parry is a pseudonym for the international bestselling and multi-award-winning Chris Brookmyre writing with Dr Marisa Haetzman, a consultant anaesthetist and expert in medical history.

The Way of All Flesh is set in Edinburgh in 1847, a dual city of sophistication that is host to brilliant advances in medical science, as well as a city of great poverty with a truly unsavoury, violent side. Will Raven is an aspiring young doctor, apprenticed to the esteemed professor of midwifery, James Young Simpson. After a string of mysterious deaths in the city, Raven begins to pick his way through the dark motives and powerful alliances that are concealing the truth. But he can only succeed with the help of Simpson’s maid, Sarah Fisher, a sharp observer of the world and a woman determined to improve her station in life. And neither Will nor Sarah are aware of how close to the heart of the danger they are.

The medical and scientific discoveries depicted in the novel are based on real events, and a great many of the characters are historical figures. I’m attaching a note from the authors which explains who everyone is – and I think makes the whole book even more fascinating. Needless to say we are very excited indeed about the book – we feel it has echoes of Patrick Süskind’s Perfume, C.J. Samson’s books and Michel Faber’s The Crimson Petal and the White.

 

● 作者簡介

Ambrose Parry is a pseudonym for a collaboration between Chris Brookmyre and Marisa Haetzman. The couple are married and live in Scotland.

Chris Brookmyre and Marisa Haetzman have been married for 26 years. Chris Brookmyre is the international best-selling and multi-award-winning author of twenty-one novels, including Black Widow, winner of both the Theakstons Old Peculiar Crime Novel of the Year and the McIlvanney Prize for Scottish Crime Novel of the Year. Dr Marisa Haetzman MRCP FRCA MSc is a consultant anaesthetist of twenty years’ experience, whose research for her Master’s degree in the History of Medicine uncovered the material upon which this novel was based.

 

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