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Publisher's Summary

St Benjamin's Medical School is the greatest of its kind, any death occurring within its walls would have created ripples within the academic world, but the death of Nikki Exner is far from being ordinary. Raped, and then grotesquely executed, her theatrical murder horrifies everyone.

John Eisenmenger, a former forensic pathologist, finds himself dragged unwillingly into the case. Teaming up with solicitor Helena Flemming, Eisenmenger sets out to discover what really did happen to Nikki Exner.

Eisenmenger and Flemming find there is much more at stake than uncovering the identity of a murderer: there are scores to be settled, demons to be exorcised, and, not least, vengeance to be had.

©2003 Keith McCarthy (P)2009 Isis Publishing Ltd

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Enjoyable Read

Stumbled across this series by chance and I am glad I did.
Great introduction to the characters and compelling storyline.

Great narration by Sean Barrett as always

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My second audible book in this series

I like the characters with all of their flaws and the main reason I continue is the narrator. Really, really good as the old English style accent adds to the period style 'who done it' mystery. I have the next chapter downloaded though will give the series a break to listen in on other audible must reads.

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  • Richard
  • 20-06-2013

Superb Forensic Thriller

I came accross this book whilst searching for novels read by Sean Barret, my favourite narrator. This superb story is set within the confines of a prestigious medical school.
The story begins with the discovery of the body of a beautiful female medical student, who has been murdered in a brutal and bizzarre fashion.
The author Keith Mcarthy is a trained forensic pathologist, and it really shows. ;the procedural methods in the book are described in graphic detail and with so much accuracy that it puts the attempts of many crime novelists to describe a crime scene or a post mortem, to shame. This is not to say that the book is clinical or cold, far from it, Mcarthy is a truly gifted writer, hes descriptive powers are vivid and his vocabulary is vast.
The authors ability to project the emotions and frailties of his characters truly allows the reader to even empathize with some of the more grotesque members of Mcarthy's cast.
I can only assume that it's some of the graphic descriptions of violence and sex that has stopped Mcarthy becoming top of the best seller list on a regular basis.
Sean Barret is as usual brilliant, his narration brings every character to life, his ability
to differentiate each individual characters voice is remarkable.
I am a massive fan of the modern crime novel and enjoy reading and listenning to most of today's top writers, I would have to put Keith Mcarthy into my top 10 favourites, I truly believe this book, the first in the series, is an absolute must read for any crime novel fan.

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  • Allan
  • 25-04-2009

A Wonderful Series

If you haven't yet heard Keith McCarthy's great series start with this one, then make certain you listen to all the others.

This is perhaps the best forensic murder series ever and I throughly recommend them.

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  • Samantha
  • 14-09-2009

A great listen

I have only just discovered this author, and am hooked. Detailed descriptions of grisly crimes, combined with well rounded and interesting characters make for an intersting and absorbing book. I loved it. Well read also by Sean Barret. Recommended.

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  • Sue
  • 01-07-2009

Superb beginning to a great series

This is the first book in a series featuring John Eisenmenger and believe me it is a fantastic start. The characters are clearly described, well rounded and full of surprises. Brilliantly narrated by Sean Barrett, the book comes alive and each intricate description builds a whole picture in the mind. I found this book spellbinding.
The reading pace is perfect, the narration is perfect and each character is clearly identifiable in the reading.

If you like forensics coupled with a good thriller you should put this one on your list!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 18-07-2013

A powerful book brilliantly narrated

As is often the case I will try a new author if Sean Barrett is narrating it. He is by far the finest narrator on the audible network. This performance was up to standard and the book was deliciously gory. Will try more in the series.

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  • CHRISTINA
  • 17-07-2010

A FEAST OF CARRION

Purchased this after reading the reviews.I was not disappointed.The many characters were well fleshed out and I was guessing who 'dunnit' till the unexpected end.The reader did a fine job on a well written book. I'm now looking forward to the next book.

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  • Susan
  • 11-05-2010

A Feast of Carrion

I have never felt the urge to write a review before even though I have listened to many, many good books. This book, however, is totally brilliant. The writing is extremely good; the reading superb and the story line faultless with unexpected twists and turns. I cannot recommend this book highly enough to anyone who enjoys well crafted, gripping crime novels. I can't wait for my drive home tonight to listen to another book written by Keith McCarthy and read by Sean Barrett.

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  • Elizabeth Davies
  • 04-01-2011

Brilliant writer.

The best feature of this book, in my opinion, is the quality of the writing.... not a cliche, not a wasted word, not a trace of irrelevance. The narration is equally brilliant. The withheld star is due to the gruesome but necessary detail ... not to my taste. If you can handle this you will like this book!!!

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  • Melanie
  • 10-06-2015

Excellent!

Second Keith Mccarthy book I've listened to. Absolutely brilliant - can't wait to hear the next book. Sean Barrett's performance is superb.

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  • Roger
  • 18-08-2014

Excellent story, brilliant narration

I am new to Keith McCarthy's books, but this had me riveted. I love the way he tells the story with humour and insight. Sean Barrett's narration is the icing on the cake. My only reservation is that I could do without some of the more unpleasant and explicit detail.

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