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The Good Doctor

Wensley Clarkson

St. Martin's True Crime

Fifty-five-year-old Dr. Harold "Fred" Shipman has a noble dedication to his profession, winning the trust of his patients with ingratiating charm and an old-school bedside manner. In fact, he even made house calls--but his unsuspecting patients has no idea of the evil that lurked behind the friendly facade of the kindly doctor...

After thirty years of practice, Dr. Shipman's true nature was finally exposed--that of a calculating killer who delivered his own prescription for death. Authorities eventually unearthed the shocking possibility that the fatherly physician had killed as many as 297 people. As body after body was exhumed from the local graveyard, the question grew more disturbing. How could such a prolific killer remain undetected for so long? What motive drove this seemingly "good" doctor to his deadly obsession with murder? And just how many people did Harold Shipman kill? The search for answers would take investigators into the life of a man who forever changed the stereotype of the sweet country doctor...

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The Good Doctor
PROLOGUEHyde Cemetery, Hyde, North of England, November 1998 
The rusting black-and-gold gates, proudly emblazoned with the town's crest, are rarely shut. Fresh yellow lilies lie alongside a gravestone inscribed, "To LOVING DAD STAN." A few yards away fading daisies for a "MUM GONE BUT NOT FORGOTTEN." Elsewhere stand numerous ivy-choked tombstones of generations long departed. Wire mesh garbage cans hold old bottles of beer left by the people who sometimes slip into the cemetery to drown their sorrows. Across the way, a park worker with a rivet gun fixes tiny metal plaques
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