A Feast of Carrion

A Feast of Carrion

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Baker & Taylor
When her client, Tom Bilroth, a drug addict, ex-con, and the prime suspect in the grotesque killing of Nikki Exner, commits suicide while in police custody, solicitor Helena Flemming enlists the aid of forensic pathologist John Eisenmenger to find out who really killed the victim, following a trail of drugs, blackmail, sex, and murder to find a dangerous killer. A first novel.

Perseus Publishing
Forensic science and law enforcement do not prove to share the same conclusions in this darkly plotted debut novel by Keith McCarthy, himself a practicing pathologist. His suspenseful and ingeniously twisted tale opens inside the walls of the venerable St. Benjamin’s Museum of Pathology, where any death would send shock waves through the academic community. But the death of Nikki Exner is far from ordinary. Not only raped and murdered, she has been grotesquely executed. That the museum employs a formerly convicted rapist and drug addict, Tim Bilroth, leads the police easily to their prime suspect, and Bilroth’s suicide while in their custody serves only to confirm his guilt. But Helena Flemming, the Bilroth family’s solicitor, is not so sure, and to help her determine Tim’s innocence, she calls upon former crack forensic pathologist John Eisenmenger. He performs a second autopsy on the victim’s drawn-and-quartered body, and his findings stand almost completely at odds with the police department’s medical examiner. As Eisenmenger and Flemming set out to discover who really killed Nikki Exner, they uncover a trail littered with drugs, blackmail, sexual favors, and suspects, and they fear that they and the police may not be on the same side.

Forensic science and law enforcement do not prove to share the same conclusions in this darkly plotted debut novel by Keith McCarthy, himself a practicing pathologist. His suspenseful and ingeniously twisted tale opens inside the walls of the venerable St. Benjamin's Museum of Pathology, where any death would send shock waves through the academic community. But the death of Nikki Exner is far from ordinary. Not only raped and murdered, she has been grotesquely executed. That the museum employs a formerly convicted rapist and drug addict, Tim Bilroth, leads the police easily to their prime suspect, and Bilroth's suicide while in their custody serves only to confirm his guilt. But Helena Flemming, the Bilroth family's solicitor, is not so sure, and to help her determine Tim's innocence, she calls upon former crack forensic pathologist John Eisenmenger. He performs a second autopsy on the victim's drawn-and-quartered body, and his findings stand almost completely at odds with the police department's medical examiner. As Eisenmenger and Flemming set out to discover who really killed Nikki Exner, they uncover a trail littered with drugs, blackmail, sexual favors, and suspects, and they fear that they and the police may not be on the same side.


Blackwell North Amer
St. Benjamin's Museum of Pathology 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 Exner case, despite his desire to forget the awfulness he has had to endure in his past professional life. The police have fingered a suspect for the murder but Eisenmenger thinks they are wrong. The results of his second autopsy just don't add up to the findings of the first.
Teaming up with solicitor Helena Flemming - who has her own personal reasons for wanting to prove the police wrong - Eisenmenger sets out to discover what really did happen to Nikki Exner. And during the course of this pursuit of the truth both 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.

Baker
& Taylor

When her client, Tom Bilroth, the prime suspect in the killing of Nikki Exner, commits suicide while in police custody, solicitor Helena Flemming enlists the aid of forensic pathologist John Eisenmenger to find out who really killed the victim.

Publisher: New York : Carroll & Graf Pub., 2003
Edition: 1st Carroll & Graf ed
ISBN: 9780786712229
0786712228
Branch Call Number: F MCC
Characteristics: 327 p. ; 23 cm

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