Deadly Cure by Lawrence Goldstone

Deadly Cure

In 1899, in Brooklyn, New York, Dr. Noah Whitestone is called urgently to his wealthy neighbor’s house to treat a five-year-old boy with a shocking set of symptoms. When the child dies suddenly later that night, Noah is accused by the boy’s regular physician—the powerful and politically connected Dr. Arnold Frias—of prescribing a lethal dose of laudanum.To prove his innocence, Noah must investigate the murder—for it must be murder—and...

Details Deadly Cure

TitleDeadly Cure
Release DateNov 7th, 2017
PublisherPegasus Books
GenreHistorical, Historical Fiction, Mystery, Fiction, Historical Mystery, Thriller

Reviews Deadly Cure

  • Diane S ☔
    Although this starts with the mysterious death of a young boy, this book is so much more than a mystery. It is 1899 in Brooklyn, and a young doctor who practices with his father becomes embroiled in the world of profit and greed. A fascinating look at unregulated medicines, the lack of foresight or outright falsification of testing, and the many dangerous combinations that some physicians prescribed.What a scary world, morphine, opium, all in med...
  • Jeanette
    This book is hard to review. The subject matter of common syrups and liquid cures sold everywhere without much ingredient information before the laws! That's interesting. But for some reason as thorough as the story was within the society of help and family/business arrangements of those days near the end of the 1800's- I still could never embed with the characters. It's partially the writing. It didn't flow for me although the tale progressed in...
  • Dorie - Traveling Sister :)
    This novel is wonderful historical fiction revolving around the introduction of certain patented medicines in the United States. This novel is the reason why I love great historical fiction, it enlightened me about a subject I knew little about while involving me in a mystery to be solved following great characters as they uncover and then solve the mystery.Noah Whitehouse is a young physician practicing medicine in the late 1800’s when he is c...
  • Caidyn (SEMI-HIATUS; BW Reviews; he/him/his)
    This review and others can be found on BW Book Reviews.DNF at 56%Thanks to Netgalley for an advanced copy! This did not effect my opinions.The basic plot to this book is that it's a big mystery based on the deaths of children. This is set in, I'd say, the late 1800s to early 1900s back in the time when patent medicine was about. Medicine wasn't regulated back then. You could put anything in it and pass it off as medication. We find it hilarious a...
  • Phil
    I once asked my grandfather why he became a pharmacist. (He graduated the Rhode Island school of pharmacy in 1913.) He replied that he had always been interested in medicine and healing. But attending medical school was not possible for him,, so he turned to pharmacy. He also said that major vent in his early teen years was the creation of the Food and Drug Administration by President Theodore Roosevelt. Before then, medicine was totally unregula...
  • Vicki
    Cracking good historical mystery set in 1899 New York City. The detective in this case is a smart young physician who treats another physician's patient and then gets blamed when the boy dies. A fast-moving plot with fascinating tidbits about the state of medicine at the turn of the century. Highly recommended!Thanks to the publisher for sending me this advance reading copy.
  • Sandy H
    Can’t say I enjoyed this book. I would have far preferred to read about the topic of the abuses of the early pharmaceutical industry as a nonfiction book, rather than this really forced fictionalized account. The author tried to pull too many historical elements together in a way that just didn’t make any sense for the plot. There were often conversations or descriptive paragraphs awkwardly shoe-horned into the story in order to give the hist...
  • Sherri Lewis
    *** I received an advanced e-copy from Net Galley in exchange for my honest reviewThis book takes place in Brooklyn in 1899.... at a time when the Bayer Company had developed aspirin and it was considered the newest miracle drug. Heroin was also being prescribed by doctors, and manufactured by Bayer and one other prominent drug company. Dr Noah Whitestone is accused of killing a patient, and in the wake of trying to clear his name, he uncovers do...
  • Annie
    Lawrence Goldstone’s Deadly Cure begins with one of the worst things that can happen to a doctor. Up-and-coming doctor Noah Whitestone is summoned to the home of a wealthy New York couple because the family’s youngest son is very ill. Whitestone thinks this is his chance to become the doctor to the city’s upper crust until the boy dies that night. As far as Whitestone (and the experts he consults) knows, the boy should have been alright. Hi...
  • nikkia neil
    Thanks Pegasus Books and netgalley for this ARC.The Red queen, deal=dly cough syrup, and unscrupulous doctors and laws just skim the surface of this thrilling historical mystery. Lawrence Goldstone knows how to keep his audience begging for more.
  • JulieP
    AUDIO. Maybe a 2.5 star rating. I'm feeling generous.The problem with this book is that the author seemed to want it to be too many things ... a thriller, a murder mystery, a forensic novel, a romance novel, a medical novel...all intertwined with some historical fiction. Oh wait! I forgot to include a Sherlockian superhero. Ummmm...pick ONE. The writing was very disjointed as he was trying to marry too many genres into one novel. It came off as e...
  • Vern
    Good read. Nicely placed in history and well researched.
  • Ben
    "Deadly Cure" by Lawrence Goldstone is a medical mystery in which the protagonist, Dr. Noah Whitestone must take on the role of investigator to prove his own innocence.Dr. Whitestone is called out one day to treat a neighbor's young son who is suffering greatly with a serious cough. The Doctor , alarmed and suspicious about the child's symptoms, prescribes two crops of laudanum to calm him. The boy falls into a quiet sleep. That evening , Dr. Whi...
  • Paige
    This book was received from Netgalley for review.This book was very reminiscent of A Death-Struck Year by Makiia Lucier, despite the fact they don't take place during the same time period and they don't surround the same issue. They do, however, both relate to medicine at the time periods they take place in, and I'm slowly finding out that this particular subject is something I'm super interested in. Historical Fiction centered around the medicin...
  • Dale
    Hailed as the latest thing in medicine—deadly as poison!My thanks go out to my contacts at Pegasus Books, Iris Blasi, Katie McGuire, and Maia Larson, for my copy of this book! Rock on!This is the historical account of medical malfeasance, told through the experiences of fictional characters. The fact is that during the late 1800’s, the timeline for this novel, medicine was largely unregulated. Medicines were marketed with little testing as to...
  • Joyce
    For about the first half of this book, I would have rated it 5 stars but it went downhill after that in my opinion. It was almost as if the author started out with one goal and one style and then decided to include sex and adventure action as well. I did enjoy the overall theme of the novel---misuse and overuse of patent medicines and corruption connecting pharmaceutical companies, physicians, law enforcement and government officials involving th...
  • Sheri Melnick
    Welcome to the world of late nineteenth century New York where the high society was ruled by the families of the original Dutch settlers, and police corruption abounded. Dr. Noah Whitestone, a successful young physician, is seeking to establish himself in his profession when he is called the Anschutz home to treat young Willard whose bizarre symptoms seem to indicate a reaction to a toxic substance. After prescribing small drops of laudanum to th...
  • Shellie Taylor
    I received this book as an Advanced Reader's Copy from W.W. Norton in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!I loved this book. It had a very Sherlock Holmes-ish feel to it. I enjoy a good mystery and this book contained all the proper elements of a classic whodunnit. This book took place in 1899 New York which is normally neither my time period nor location of choice, but everything fit together perfectly. I found myself deeply attached to the...
  • Morgan (youarethelibrarian)
    I did not know much about this time period, so the descriptions from the main character's perspective were enlightening. The fashion, the politics, the scenery, and the experimentation in medicine all set the stage for not only a work of historical fiction but also an engaging mystery! I found I did not need to understand the medical terminology in order to comprehend its importance in the plot. Noah Whitestone was an interesting character, with ...
  • Amber
    This went from a 3 star book to a 1 star book in the span of 50 ish pages. I don't care that McCloskey had some power. Miriam was far too smart to end up in that situation and she had far too many allies from her father for her to be snatched. Despite that this did follow relatively true events, it ended up hurting this novel because it didn't feel like the main plot had really been solved. Some might argue that the main plot was solving the deat...
  • Megan
    This book is set in 1900 NYC. A little boy dies under the medical care of the main character, Dr Noah Whitestone, thus setting the story in motion. Dr Whitestone tries to figure out how he died, because it was apparent that the boy was suffering from “morphia” drug withdrawal. It’s quite the story with the introduction of Heroin used to cure kids’ coughs. I enjoy historical history and especially this setting in early 1900 NYC. I was conf...
  • Van Reese
    I would be generous and give 3.5 stars. It is a good story loosely based on fact, and was interesting. The problem for me is that, of course, you have to have the steamy sex scene so you can make it an "adult" book. Totally unnecessary. It adds little to the story, and, makes the main character seem a bit slimy. This also added to my feeling throughout the book that this author is a guy, and doesn't understand women. I wanted to like Noah, and he...
  • Katherine Sebby
    Firstly, I would like to thank NetGalley and Pegasus Books for sending me an advanced copy for an honest review.This book is probably the one I have enjoyed the most out of the other mysteries I own mainly because I am really interested in medicine and reading something where a victim dies of a certain medical administered treatment and the steps the main character took to figure out what had caused the death and why really intrigues me. The char...
  • Stephanie
    A young physician in turn-of-the-twentieth-century New York teams up with anarchists to investigate and try to stop the use of a new wonder drug being imported from Germany- non-addicting and wonderfully effective, this new pill is called Heroin, because of its "heroic" efficacy.I really like historical fiction like this, where real-life events and people are woven into the story. This one was well paced and interesting, and the author obviously ...
  • Sharron
    Blending history and intrigue, this story provides the reader with insight into the evolving world of medicine and pharmaceuticals in early 1900s NY.As politics swirl, a young physician is attempting to come to terms following the death of a child. Convinced that he did nothing wrong, he is determined to uncover how the child died and finds himself drawn into politics and corrupt policing. This is a well crafted story, and while the main protagon...
  • Rose Beaulieu
    Thank you NetGalley and publisher for this ARC of Deadly Cure by Lawrence Goldstone. The story is a semi historical novel set in the late 1800's. Dr. Noah Whitestone is called to attend to a sick child on an emergency ,his regular Dr being away. Unfortunately the child dies, and Noah is blamed. He knows he did nothing wrong. In his quest to prove his innocence, the author presents history of patent medications, along with some unsavory characters...
  • Lynn Parker
    As a fan of a good mystery, a lover of history and a professor of nursing I found Deadly Cure a good read. Although the protagonist is a 19th century physician tackling the deadly corruption of an unregulated pharmaceutical industry, the well researched story of Heroin and the mortal danger of addiction make it a contemporary tale. In addition to being informative, its an entertaining book because the author does an excellent job of capturing the...
  • Seton Rae
    In Lawrence Goldstone's "Deadly Cure", young doctor Noah Whitestone finds himself caught in a dangerous web of intrigue as he investigates a child patient's mysterious death in 1899 Brooklyn. Goldstone's lively, textured characters offer a broad glimpse into the opposing forces of corruption and reform shaping New York City life at the turn of the twentieth century. The stakes are high, and the setting is well-captured, but a heavily detailed sub...
  • Jen
    I really liked the beginning of this book where a young doctor, (in the late 1800's)Noah, goes to treat a sick boy. He gives him a couple of drops of laudanum and the boy later dies. Noah is conflicted as to if his treatment killed the boy and goes on a mission to help uncover a much deeper medical mystery. I learned a lot about patent medicines and some of the awful concoctions that were used as medicine when we didn't know any better. I thought...
  • Ellen
    This book started out strong, and hey, it takes place in Brooklyn in the turn of the century. How can I resist! However, it didn't take long before I felt like I was reading an uncorrected proof. Here's an example: "In the next instant, the positions had reserved..." The book was littered with errors, left out words, incorrect words, etc. By the end of the book, the plot and dialogue became a hot mess. The best part of the book was the prologue, ...