After 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 favourite 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. Investigative journalist Charles 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 an urgent, terrifying tale of murder, friendship and betrayal.
©2013 Charles Graeber (P)2013 Audible Ltd
"A stunning book... It should and does bring to mind In Cold Blood... The Good Nurse succeeds in being about much more than Mr Cullen s murderous kinks...the eagerness of ambitious hospital administrators to cover up his misdeeds is revelatory. And the police investigation that brought him down is a thriller in every sense of that word." (New York Times)
"Hard work but worth it"
should be written in action story style not a slow never ending drone
Never heard a book read so flat. So would not like to compare
a droning mind sapping
very good story, I should have read the book and would have finished days ago.
Will Collyer may be better on other books but held this one back
yes as i enjoyed it so much
the twists and turns of the story and the events that happened
i found his voice annoying
this was not my ususal genre of book I usually listen however reviews made me curious . I really enjoyed the story and can hardly believe that Charlie got away with it for so long what is it with these USA hospitals? i found the narrator annoying to listen to at times which kind of spoilt the story but not withstanding that it was a very good story which i enjoyed and would probably listen to again
"Incredibly shocking, unbelievable and so true"
shocking, cover-up, true
The author thoroughly research the story very well and written it without displaying the suspect as the monster but also pointing out that if he would have been stopped a lot of death would heave been prevented. It shows a clever mind manipulating others, overcoming/cheating computer systems and the suppressed whistle blowing cover-ups of companies who in order to keep their good name let death tolls rise. Keeping in mind this is a true story the author managed well to keep the listener interested without making the subject a 'hero' by glorifying anything and kept me wanting to listen till the end without pausing.
It was my first time listening to Will Colleyr. I did read a few reviews where he was a little criticised. I really enjoyed listening to his voice and found he read it with the right speed and tone of voice keeping it up throughout.
Yes, but it would be unfair to future listeners to point these out.
Only to recommended.
"How titles can mislead!"
I had heard of 'angels of death' and they have occurred in the UK, but this book is about someone who took his mission to the extreme. Whatever problems and horrific situations he went through as a child, even he did not use to justify his killings. He couldn't even remember who he had killed and at various times, just laced IV bags without knowing who they were for.
Sounds awful, and yet it made for a fascinating listen. The narrator was excellent.
This was a man who was described by most of his colleagues as a "good, caring, nurse".
What made it even worse was that suspicions were raised in his early career, but he was able to continue practicing.
Not a Feel Good book, or one to read when you are down.
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