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The Blood Doctor

(2002)
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When Martin Nanther, Hereditary Peer in the House of Lords, is choosing the subject of his next biography, he becomes intrigued by the life of his own great-grandfather, Henry Nanther. So grateful was Queen Victoria for Henry's services as physician to the royal family that she granted him a peerage, making him a lord, the first doctor ever to be so honored. Henry had been especially attentive to hemophiliacs in the royal family, for he was obsessed with blood. As he recounted in his diary, "Red is my favorite color. To me a splash of blood is beautiful, and I profoundly lack understanding of those who flinch or even faint at the sight of it."

As his research deepens, Martin begins to uncover hints that his great-grandfather's fascination with blood may have had its darker side. The murder of Henry's fiancée, the death of his young son, the remarkable number of relatives and friends who died mysteriously—could all these have been mere coincidence? Martin scours England and America for relatives whose attics or memories might hold clues, until finally the tragic truth stands revealed.

Drawing from the dark themes of obsession and murder that drive so many of Barbara Vine's extraordinary novels, The Blood Doctor is also enriched by domestic intimacies familiar to readers of Ruth Rendell's beloved Inspector Wexford novels and by details of Dame Rendell's own experience as a Life Peer in the House of Lords. Once again we have a masterful work from a storyteller of the highest order.

Genre: Mystery

Praise for this book

"Barbara Vine has transcended her genre by her remarkable imaginative power to explore and illuminate the dark corners of the human psyche." - P D James


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Hardback Editions

June 2002 : USA Hardback
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Title: Blood Doctor
Author(s): Barbara Vine
ISBN: 0-670-91274-3 / 978-0-670-91274-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Viking
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July 2002 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Blood Doctor: A Novel
Author(s): Barbara Vine
ISBN: 1-4000-4504-5 / 978-1-4000-4504-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Shaye Areheart Books
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July 2002 : UK Hardback
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Title: The Blood Doctor (Windsor Selection S.)
Author(s): Barbara Vine
ISBN: 0-7540-1786-9 / 978-0-7540-1786-8 (UK edition)
Publisher: Chivers Large print (Chivers, Windsor, Paragon & C
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Paperback Editions

January 2003 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Blood Doctor
Author(s): Barbara Vine
ISBN: 0-14-101370-2 / 978-0-14-101370-1 (UK edition)
Publisher: Penguin
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November 2003 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Blood Doctor: A Novel
Author(s): Barbara Vine
ISBN: 1-4000-3252-0 / 978-1-4000-3252-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Vintage Crime/Black Lizard
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March 2003 : UK Mass Market Paperback
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Title: The Blood Doctor
Author(s): Barbara Vine
ISBN: 0-14-100916-0 / 978-0-14-100916-2 (UK edition)
Publisher: Penguin
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May 2003 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Blood Doctor (Windsor Selection S.)
Author(s): Barbara Vine
ISBN: 0-7540-9178-3 / 978-0-7540-9178-3 (UK edition)
Publisher: Chivers Large print (Chivers, Windsor, Paragon & C
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May 2002 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Blood Doctor
Author(s): B Vine
ISBN: 0-670-91275-1 / 978-0-670-91275-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Penguin Books
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Audio Editions

June 2017 : Australia Audio CD
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Title: The Blood Doctor
Author(s): Barbara Vine
ISBN: 1-4893-9683-7 / 978-1-4893-9683-9 (Australia edition)
Publisher: Bolinda/Audible audio
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June 2017 : Australia Audio CD
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Title: The Blood Doctor
Author(s): Barbara Vine
ISBN: 1-4893-9684-5 / 978-1-4893-9684-6 (Australia edition)
Publisher: Bolinda/Audible audio
Availability: Amazon UK   


July 2014 : USA Audio CD
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Title: The Blood Doctor: A Novel
Author(s): Barbara Vine
ISBN: 1-4915-3541-5 / 978-1-4915-3541-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
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July 2014 : USA MP3 CD
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Title: Blood Doctor, The
Author(s): Barbara Vine
ISBN: 1-4915-3582-2 / 978-1-4915-3582-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
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August 2010 : USA Audio edition
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Title: The Blood Doctor
Author(s): Barbara Vine
Publisher: Audible Studios
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August 2010 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: The Blood Doctor
Author(s): Barbara Vine
Publisher: Audible Studios
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August 2010 : UK Audio edition
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Title: The Blood Doctor
Author(s): Barbara Vine
Publisher: Audible Studios
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November 2002 : UK Audio Cassette
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Title: The Blood Doctor
Author(s): Barbara Vine
ISBN: 0-7540-0941-6 / 978-0-7540-0941-2 (UK edition)
Publisher: Chivers Audio Books
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February 2003 : UK Audio CD
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Title: The Blood Doctor
Author(s): Barbara Vine
ISBN: 0-7540-5574-4 / 978-0-7540-5574-7 (UK edition)
Publisher: Chivers Audio Books
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May 2002 : UK Audio Cassette
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Title: The Blood Doctor
Author(s): Vine Barbara
ISBN: 0-14-180377-0 / 978-0-14-180377-7 (UK edition)
Publisher: Penguin
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Kindle Editions

December 2007 : USA Kindle edition
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Title: The Blood Doctor: A Novel
Author(s): Barbara Vine
Publisher: Vintage Crime/Black Lizard
Availability: Amazon   


March 2003 : Australia, UK Kindle edition
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Title: The Blood Doctor
Author(s): Barbara Vine
Publisher: Penguin
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