The Cadaver's Ball

Charles Atkins

Minotaur/Thomas Dunne Books

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There are times when a trusted “friend” is so filled with hatred that he will do anything possible to ruin the other. Ed, Peter, and Beth had been friends through medical school. At the Cadaver’s Ball, the somewhat ghoulish-named celebration that is the closest thing to a senior prom the hardworking medical students have, Ed confidently presents Beth with an engagement ring. She reluctantly has to tell him that she has already agreed to marry Peter---and Ed’s life explodes.

From then on, Ed’s main goal is to make Beth realize she made the wrong choice---but fate intervenes. A car crash takes her life and that of the baby she and Peter had been expecting. Peter was the one driving, and the accident comes close to wrecking his own life irretrievably.

Beth’s death torches Ed’s blazing hatred of Peter and he builds a complex and terrible program to destroy Peter. Peter doesn’t suspect the cause of his growing difficulties until he becomes a suspect in the death of a patient. He must find a way to reclaim his life---if it is not already too late.

In this riveting psychological thriller, Charles Atkins demonstrates his rare skill for creating passionate characters with a range of motivations, from obsession and vengeance to self-preservation.

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The Cadaver's Ball
12004AFTER A YEAR OF INTENSIVE therapy, I know this. I feel it claw at my sanity. Oh, God, make it stop!My fingers claw at smoldering steel as black smoke burns my eyes. "Come on, Beth!" I can't see. I can't breathe. The smell of gas. Help me! Somebody help me! She's not moving. Is her hair caught in the shoulder strap? I smash the window, but I can't get the door. She's not breathing. I suck in and put my head through the window, my mouth over hers, tasting her lipstick. Headlights come toward us through the fog. I stagger into the road.

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Charles Atkins

Charles Atkins is a practicing psychiatrist and member of the Yale Clinical Faculty.  His first novel, The Portrait, was published in 1998.  He coauthors a weekly column for The Waterbury Republican and has published short stories and articles in a variety of publications.  He lives in Connecticut.

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The Cadaver's Ball
Charles Atkins

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St. Martin's Press
Minotaur/Thomas Dunne Books
October 2005
e-Book Agency
ISBN: 9781466813830
ISBN10: 1466813830
352 pages
$7.99

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St. Martin's Press
Minotaur/Thomas Dunne Books
October 2005
Hardcover
ISBN: 9780312342043
ISBN10: 0312342047
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 352 pages
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