Summer is a time littered with little landmines of temptation. Ice cream trucks, poolside cocktails, afternoon naps, trashy beach reads: pick your poison. If literal poison (or true crime literature) is your indulgence of choice, check out THE POISONER, a story that will keep you on the edge of your seat.
Penned by English journalist Stephen Bates, THE POISONER synthesizes established knowledge and stunning new discoveries to give readers a fresh perspective of William Palmer, Victorian England’s most notorious doctor. In an alleged attempt to fuel his gambling addiction, Dr. William Palmer was convicted of poisoning and murdering dozens of people, including his wife, best friend, and mother-in-law. Despite Palmer’s very public execution (in 1856, he was hanged in front of 30,000 bystanders), questions of Palmer’s motivations—and innocence—remain today.
In the words of Charles Dickens, Palmer was “the greatest villain that ever stood in the Old Bailey”—quite the testimony, indeed. Yet still, the truth is murky—what will you discover?
If you're feeling curious about the doctor, check out the book trailer below. It’s like a sepia-tinted nightmare. Cue the lights: