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The blood doctor: a novel

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When Martin Nanther, Hereditary Peer in the House of Lords, is choosing the subject of his next biography, he becomes intrigued by the life of his own great-grandfather, Henry Nanther. So grateful was Queen Victoria for Henry's services as physician to the royal family that she granted him a peerage, making him a lord, the first doctor ever to be so honored. Henry had been especially attentive to hemophiliacs in the royal family, for he was obsessed with blood. As he recounted in his diary, "Red is my favorite color. To me a splash of blood is beautiful, and I profoundly lack understanding of those who flinch or even faint at the sight of it." As his research deepens, Martin begins to uncover hints that his great-grandfather's fascination with blood may have had its darker side. The murder of Henry's fiancée, the death of his young son, the remarkable number of relatives and friends who died mysteriously--could all these have been mere coincidence? Martin scours England and America for relatives whose attics or memories might hold clues, until finally the tragic truth stands revealed. Drawing from the dark themes of obsession and murder that drive so many of Barbara Vine's extraordinary novels, The Blood Doctor is also enriched by domestic intimacies familiar to readers of Ruth Rendell's beloved Inspector Wexford novels and by details of Dame Rendell's own experience as a Life Peer in the House of Lords. Once again we have a masterful work from a storyteller of the highest order.
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Sometimes it's best to leave the past alone. For when biographer Martin Nanther looks into the life of his famous great-grandfather Henry, Queen Victoria's favorite physician, he discovers some rather unsettling coincidences, like the fact that the doctor married the sister of his recently murdered fiancée. The more Martin researches his distant relative, the more fascinated--and horrified--he becomes. Why did people have a habit of dying around his great grandfather? And what did his late daughter mean when she wrote that he's done "monstrous, quite appalling things"?

Barbara Vine (a.k.a. Ruth Rendell) deftly weaves this story of an eminent Victorian with a modern yarn about the embattled biographer, who is watching the House of Lords prepare to annul membership for hereditary peers and thus strip him of his position. Themes of fate and family snake throughout this teasing psychological suspense, a typically chilling tale from a master of the genre.

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subject_facet Great Britain -- History -- Victoria, 1837-1901 -- Fiction, Physicians -- Fiction
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