The Blood Doctor – Barbara Vine


Viking, 2002, Large-format Paperback – Crime Fiction – 389 pp.

A crime masterpiece about ambition, obsession and bad blood. Barbara Vine is the pen-name of Ruth Rendell. She has written fifteen novels using this pseudonym. Weaving effortlessly between past and present, public life and private life, The Blood Doctoris a superbly satisfying novel that will be adored by readers of P.D. James, Ian Rankin and Scott Turow.

The current Lord Nanther, experiencing the reform of the House of Lords, embarks on a biography of his great-grandfather, the first Lord Nanther, favoured physician to Queen Victoria, expert on blood diseases and particularly the royal disease of haemophilia. What he uncovers begins to horrify him as he realizes that Nanther died a guilty man – carrying a horrific secret to the grave.

‘An outstandingly original book’ – Sunday Times
‘A magnificent novel’ – Daily Mail
‘Intriguing and absorbing and wholly satisfying’ – Spectator
‘Plotted with a jeweller’s intricacy and ominous to the final sentence’ – Sunday Telegraph

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