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Winner of the Grand Prix de Litterature Policiere: As chief medical examiner of New York City, Paul Konig has one of the world’s most difficult jobs - and when his daughter goes missing, he must take on his most wrenching case yet.

New York City in the 1970s is a dark, dangerous, and threatening place. One of the bright spots in this decaying metropolis is Paul Konig. As the city’s chief medical examiner, he has developed an impressive reputation for his skills in forensic pathology - skills that will be put to the ultimate test when a dangerous psychopath kidnaps Konig’s daughter.

Herbert Lieberman takes his readers on a gruesome journey through the ten most difficult days in the life of a man at the very end of his rope. In addition to being awoken to phone calls featuring his daughter’s desperate screams each night, Konig’s professional life is in danger. Between the case of a serial killer who leaves a trail of severed body parts in his wake; the investigation of questionable forensic work on an alleged prison suicide under Konig’s watch; and the naked ambitions of a deputy medical examiner, it will take every ounce of Konig’s strength to save his own life - as well as his family’s.

©1976 Herbert Lieberman (P)2013 Audible, Inc.

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Brilliant!

I came across the wonderful Mr Lieberman by complete fluke, and this is the second book of his I have listened to in the last 4 days.
Thanks to Audible, my membership includes their plus catalogue, and I am able to try new genres and authors without having to ponder over my credits or returning titles (which I hate). So far so brilliant. Since my health became really bad to stop me working, Audible has been my absolute god send, allowing me to mentally wander into so many different lands and scenarios, helping to channel my over active brain quite a bit of the time, and when I do find myself a bit lost, I just rewind until I remember a line or so and start again from there. If you haven't had to deal with a mental health issue, it may not make a lot of sense, but just being able to slow thoughts that are whizzing a thousand miles a minute down for a short while is respite and invaluable. So thank you Audible and again the wonderful and very talented Mr Lieberman and Mr Butler Murray, from the bottom of my heart. 🤗💕

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An Absolute Must

In a word: marvellous. Intriguing, instructive, at times pretty grisly, but right from the start extraordinarily immersive, redolent of the streets of New York - especially the East River. All the characters have emotional weight,believability and you can’t help but live with them, empathise with them. The descriptions are detailed, the inner monologue
revealing, not like anything I’ve listened to before and the narration is spot on. Don’t miss it: you’ll be soary.

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KAZ🇬🇧😃 Good but!!

I really enjoyed the story it's something that I've listened to before from other author's like Patricia Cornwell it kept me interested right from the start with the grumpy Dr Konnig trying to cope with work & his daughter Lolly going missing after the death of his wife he's inundated with body part's being found missing head's hand's & other part's as well yuck 🤢 He attempt's to keep his life separate from his work but not all the people under him are friend's so he's overwhelmed sadly You get a look at what the police go through trying to catch a killer I'm giving the story away lol 😂 Definitely good book apart from the end I was gutted how it was left won't give it away though 😃😃

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Very enjoyable

It took me a while to get into this but it gets more engrossing. The main character is well drawn but quite unsympathetic and clearly a man of no emotional intelligence at all, for which he pays a high price. Maybe it is his job of pathologist that has given him this carapace, or maybe that’s why he’s so good at the job. The supporting characters are engaging and the reading by Michael Butler Murray is absolutely excellent.

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Wonderful writing. Gripping story.

One of the best books I have ever read. Be warned though. It can get very graphic but if you have an interest in forensics you will love it. Could not put it down.