The Healer by Leonard Levitt (1980, Hardcover)

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The Healer
A true story of medicine and murder
by Leonard Levitt
Publisher: The Viking Press
Copyright 1980
Book Club Edition

On June 18, 1975, Dr. Charles Friedgood injected his wife, Sophie, with a massive and fatal dose of Demerol and signed the death certificate himself, listing the cause of death as a stroke.  He persuaded one of his daughters to hide the evidence.  Then, with hundreds of thousands of dollars in jewelry and securities he had looted from his dead wife's safe deposit boxes, he boarded a plane to Copenhagen, where he planned to join his Danish mistress.

What he hadn't reckoned on was the memory of one small-town poice chief and the tenacity of one ambitious detective.  Because of them, Friedgood's plane was stopped on the runway; a month later he was indicted for murder.

If this were only the story of Sophie Friedgood's murder -- of the motives behind it, the family conflicts surrounding it, the invesigation that followed -- it would be riveting enough.  But the fact is that Charles Friedgood's entire career was littered with evidence of deception -- and worse.  Indicted for manslaughter, accused of cheating and falsifying records, dismissed from hospital after hospital, Friedgood was a time-bomb.  Why didn't someone diffuse him?

Leonard Levitt has woven the questions -- and the evidence -- into an enthralling narrative of avarice, bitterness, ambition, and deception. in which truth is literally stranger than fiction.

Condition:  Used.  Hardcover.  Dust cover.  Pages may be tanning and discolored from age.  Previous owner's "Library Of" stamp is on the front endpaper.  Dust cover and dust cover flaps are tanning and discolored from age and show a bit of edge wear.

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