The Way of All Flesh is the new book by Ambrose Parry, a collaboration between Chris Brookmyre and Marisa Haetzman.
Young women are being discovered dead across the Old Town, all having suffered similarly gruesome ends. In the New Town, medical student Will Raven is about to start his apprenticeship with the brilliant and renowned Dr Simpson.
Simpson’s patients range from the richest to the poorest of this divided city. His house is like no other, full of visiting luminaries and daring experiments in the new medical frontier of anaesthesia. It is here that Raven meets housemaid Sarah Fisher, who recognises trouble when she sees it and takes an immediate dislike to him. She has all of Raven’s intelligence but none of his privileges, in particular his medical education.
With each having their own motive to look deeper into these deaths, Raven and Sarah find themselves propelled headlong into the darkest shadows of Edinburgh’s underworld, where they will have to overcome their differences if they are to make it out alive.
‘A rip-roaring tale of murder amid the medical experiments of 19th-century Edinburgh. The book brings both city and period to colourful life and is a joy to read .’ – IAN RANKIN, Guardian, Best Summer Books
‘Menacing, witty and ingeniously plotted, Ambrose Parry’s debut draws you into the dark heart of nineteenth-century Edinburgh and won’t let you go until the final page’
‘Parry’s Victorian Edinburgh comes vividly alive – and it’s a world of pain’
Chris Brookmyre and Marisa Haetzman are married and live in Scotland. Chris Brookmyre is the international bestselling and multi-award-winning author of twenty-one novels, including Black Widow, winner of both the Theakston Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year and the McIlvanney Prize for Scottish Crime Novel of the Year. Dr Marisa Haetzman is a consultant anaesthetist of twenty years’ experience in the NHS with a Master’s degree in the History of Medicine. In researching her degree, Marisa learned of the horrific procedures and maternal mortality rate of the time, the connections between early use of anaesthesia and the Royal Family, as well as the moral objections raised by the Clergy towards the use of such innovations in pain relief.