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The Good Nurse: A True Story of Medicine, Madness and Murder

The Good Nurse: A True Story of Medicine, Madness and Murder [Kindle Edition]

Charles Graeber
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)

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Charles Cullen is thought to be responsible for the deaths of as many as 400 patients during his career as a nurse... His crimes are outlined in The Good Nurse, an absorbing tale that's simultaneously terrifying and barely credible... A standout true-crime book, one that doubles as both a thrilling horror story and a cautionary tale --Boston Globe The most terrifying book published this year. It is also one of the most thoughtful... The Good Nurse is gripping, sad, suspenseful, rhythmic and beautifully documented (the endnotes to this book are impressive). --Kirkus Reviews Graeber doesn't pull punches... A deeply unsettling addition to the true crime genre. --Publishers Weekly

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'...aside from the murders , Charles Cullen might have been a pretty good nurse...'

The true story of the most prolific serial killer in US history, The Good Nurse is 'a stunning book... that should and does bring to mind In Cold Blood' New York Times

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.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 593 KB
  • Print Length: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Atlantic Books (4 July 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00D5FIH8O
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #100,759 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
First we watch the villain relieve stress by committing both random and targeted homicides of hospital patients, including many to whom he was not assigned. Then we witness hospitals' efforts to protect their finances against lawsuits and to preserve their reputations take precedence over their obligation to protect patients. We wish we could share our knowledge with police and private detectives attempting to unravel the causes of a burgeoning number of mysterious inpatient deaths. Finally, and most thrillingly, we participate vicariously in the reconstruction of the crimes' methodology by a nurse who recognizes in the villain an echo of an uncle who repeatedly molested her when she was a child unable to convince her parents of the truth of her accusations. In the process we learn about machines called Pyxis and Cerner that infallibly record nurses' drug orders and inpatients' medical histories. I sat in the back yard, activated the audio feature of the Kindle edition, and listened to the pleasant voice of a woman who reads quickly but who reveals her imperfect education and perhaps political preference by pronouncing "résumé" as "resume" and "Iraq" as "Eye-RACK."
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5.0 out of 5 stars Shocking 30 Sep 2013
By Mary F
This is a page turner. I was shocked at how long the killings continued, how difficult it was for the police to make a case, how willing hospital administrators were to cover up. We are so dependant on our carers when we are ill and so vulnerable. It highlights the importance of having good checks and balances in systems and workers who are willing to do a good job for the benefit of the patients. It is also a tribute to the two police officers who were relentless in their quest for the truth and in their determination to stop the killer. The other hero was the nurse who assisted the police.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I SHOULDN'T HAVE ENJOYED IT 20 Oct 2013
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This book read more like a novel, making it even more chilling. Extremely well researched and written. Read all night.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Chilling 3 Nov 2013
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It amazes me that the laws in America caused the situation to remain unresolved for so long. Also that colleagues seemed to be afraid to blow the whistle.
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5.0 out of 5 stars unbelievable 17 Sep 2013
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a first rate book, the more you read the more you cannot believe what went on, you will find yourself cringeing at the injustices laid out here and will be thankful for the NHS.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Nursing Abomination 12 Jun 2014
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As a retired must nurse I find these stories horrific.Nurses are in a unique position of trust -an intimate daily contact. is established when the patient is at their most vulnerable.Never forget Beverley Allit. The stories must be told.thank you
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5.0 out of 5 stars Exceptionally well written 1 April 2014
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This book was so well written, couldn't put it down & disappointed when I finished it. Seems almost unbelievable that there are nurses that are able to move from hospital to hospital with ease and no questions asked about history. The reputation of hospitals appears more important to to management than the safety of patients & many people should feel responsible that a nurse has got away with so many murders.
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