The Pain Nurse

By Jon Talton
A Poisoned Pen Press Mystery
Read by Lloyd James and Marguerite Gavin

The Cincinnati Casebooks: Book 1

7.78 Hours 03/30/2009 unabridged
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Cheryl Beth Wilson, a nurse at Cincinnati Memorial Hospital, finds a doctor brutally murdered in a secluded office. Wilson had been having an affair with the doctor’s husband, a surgeon, and now she is a “person of interest,” if not an outright suspect. But someone other than the police is also watching Cheryl Beth. The murder comes as former homicide detective Will Borders is just out of surgery. But as his stretcher is wheeled past the crime scene, he knows this is no random act of violence—in fact, it has all the marks of a serial-killer case he supposedly solved years before. Unable even to walk, Borders starts to investigate, teaming up with Cheryl Beth, who is desperate to clear her name. But as the killer grows closer, the two are running out of time to unlock the secrets of the murder at the brooding, old hospital.

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Summary

Summary

Cheryl Beth Wilson, a nurse at Cincinnati Memorial Hospital, finds a doctor brutally murdered in a secluded office. Wilson had been having an affair with the doctor’s husband, a surgeon, and now she is a “person of interest,” if not an outright suspect. But someone other than the police is also watching Cheryl Beth.

The murder comes as former homicide detective Will Borders is just out of surgery. But as his stretcher is wheeled past the crime scene, he knows this is no random act of violence—in fact, it has all the marks of a serial-killer case he supposedly solved years before. Unable even to walk, Borders starts to investigate, teaming up with Cheryl Beth, who is desperate to clear her name. But as the killer grows closer, the two are running out of time to unlock the secrets of the murder at the brooding, old hospital.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“[Talton] puts an interesting twist on the detective solving a mystery while bed-ridden scenario in this tense, well-crafted whodunit…Talton’s authentic depiction of hospital life lends heft, as do his searing descriptions of Borders’ physical pain and mental anguish during recovery.” Publishers Weekly
“[Talton] demonstrates his versatility in depicting the little-known world of the hospital pain nurse. A strong series launch, for all collections.” Library Journal (starred review)
“A nurse who understands pain, a cop who’s got plenty of it, and a cold case turned hot mesh smoothly in the latest from Talton…Nicely done. Though she’s a pain nurse, Cheryl Beth is a pleasure.” Kirkus Reviews

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Author Bio: Jon Talton

Jon Talton is a fourth-generation Arizonan, the author of numerous novels, a former columnist for the Arizona Republic, and former business editor of the Cincinnati Enquirer. He currently is the economics columnist for the Seattle Times and writes the blog Rogue ColumnistDry Heat, the third David Mapstone mystery, was named 2005 fiction book of the year by Arizona Highways magazine.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Fiction/Mystery & Detective
Runtime: 7.78
Audience: Adult
Language: English