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Rubbernecker

by Bauer, Belinda, 1962-

Format: Print Book 2015
Availability: Available at 7 Libraries 7 of 7 copies
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Summary
"Breathtaking. I read this and wished I'd written it."--Val McDermid

Belinda Bauer is a phenomenal voice in British crime fiction, whose work has won the CWA's Gold Dagger Award for Crime Novel of the Year and garnered rave reviews on both sides of the Atlantic. Winner of the 2014 Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year Award, Rubbernecker is a gripping thriller about a medical student who begins to suspect that something strange is going on in this cadaver lab.

"The dead can't speak to us," Professor Madoc had said. But that was a lie. The body Patrick Fort is examining in anatomy class is trying to tell him all kinds of things. But no one hears what he does, and no one understand when he tries to tell them.

Life is already strange enough for Patrick--being a medical student with Asperger's Syndrome doesn't come without its challenges. And that's before he is faced with solving a possible murder, especially when no one believes a crime has even taken place. Now he must stay out of danger long enough to unravel the mystery. But as Patrick learns one truth from a dead man, he discovers there have been many other lies closer to home.

A can't-put-it-down page-turner from one of the finest voices in UK crime, Rubbernecker puts Belinda Bauer firmly on the map of world-class crime writers.

"An intelligent, disturbing read."-- The Guardian (UK)
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Patrick has Asperger's syndrome, and his mother handles it by drinking. While Patrick is still very young, his father is killed by a hit-and-run driver, and Patrick becomes obsessed by death, bringing home dead animals for dissection, struggling to learn what happens after we die. He never does learnthat, but he does manage to become a medical student, where, naturally, he dives into his anatomy class with gusto, aiding his fellow students in dissecting Corpse 19 and determining the cause of death. But Patrick quickly decides that something smells decidedly off in the cadaver lab. Corpse 19, he concludes, has been murdered, but no one will believe him. In a concurrent story, life in the coma ward at a hospital takes a deadly turn when a doctor is witnessed murdering a patient by another coma patient, who cannot talk. Do the two stories connect? This is an unconventional but oddly compelling thriller from a rising star in British crime fiction. Readers who loved Mark Haddon's The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time may find satisfaction here, but on a much more grisly, decidedly adult level.--Alesi, Stacy Copyright 2015 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "British author Bauer's highly original mystery boasts two unusual protagonists. The first is Sam Galen, a man in a coma ("I'm asleep and I cannot tell you how hard I try to wake up"). The other is Patrick Fort, who has Asperger's syndrome. Patrick has trouble interacting with people, but thanks to a disability quota, he has been admitted as a medical student to Cardiff University in Wales. In an anatomy class, Patrick and four other students learn to dissect a cadaver (identified only by number) and discover the cause of death. Patrick risks everything to make the correct diagnosis, even when his efforts could not only get him expelled but also threaten his life. Bauer (Blacklands) brilliantly captures both the horror and helplessness of Sam's being mentally alive in an unresponsive body, as well as the mystification Patrick suffers in virtually all dealings with others. Even without the author's absorbing storytelling, this standalone deserves attention for sheer inventiveness. Agent: Jane Gregory, Gregory & Company (U.K.). (Aug.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."

Additional Information
Subjects Medical students -- Fiction.
Asperger's syndrome -- Patients -- Fiction.
Murder -- Investigation -- Fiction.
Thrillers (Fiction)
Mystery fiction.
Publisher New York :2015
Language English
Description 313 pages ; 24 cm
ISBN 9780802123961
0802123961
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