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 favorite 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 16 years and nine hospitals across New Jersey and Pennsylvania.
When, in March of 2006, Charles Cullen was marched from his final sentencing in an Allentown, Pennsylvania, courthouse into a waiting police van, it seemed certain that the chilling secrets of his life, career, and capture would disappear with him. Now, in a riveting piece of investigative journalism nearly 10 years in the making, journalist Charles Graeber presents the whole story for the first time. Based on hundreds of pages of previously unseen police records, interviews, wire-tap recordings and videotapes, as well as exclusive jailhouse conversations with Cullen himself and the confidential informant who helped bring him down, The Good Nurse weaves an urgent, terrifying tale of murder, friendship, and betrayal.
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 a penetrating look inside America's medical system. Harrowing and irresistibly paced, this book will make you look at medicine, hospitals, and the people who work in them, in an entirely different way.
©2013 Charles Graeber (P)2013 Hachette Audio
Incredibly detailed account and terrific story telling. Narrator had a great voice for the story and was easy to listen to. Overall a good book and well done production.
What an awesome read! I just can't say enough good things about this book. Written so well and had me from the first chapter and I just could not get enough of it. Being s registered nurse in an ER, I must say the story is very disturbing, sad, unbelievable and gripping. The author did his homework. I would, without reservation, recommend this book to not only nurses, but anyone interested in reading an exceptionally great book.
This was my third book on audible and my second purchased one. After listening to this book I thought to myself finally I found one that deserves four stars this book was gripping and grabbed my attention, the narration was excellent, and I breezed through it in a matter of days I couldn't stop listening it was a great book!
Big fan of mystery/thrillers, and police procedurals, and plausible sci-fiction.
This book was fascinating and kept me listening well into the night.
Great narration, smooth, and perfect tone for the book.
Loved the book but screamed "Didge" over and over when the reader shortened Digoxin to "Dig", as in what you do with a shovel and soil. For medical professionals, as myself, this may annoy you too but please don't avoid the book for that reason. Overall this is a great (and frightening) book.
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