I received Deadly Cure by Lawrence Goldstone 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 characters (in one way or another, I did not LIKE all the characters, but had a passionate wish about their success or demise). I really enjoyed the subject matter of the corruption in the pharmaceutical companies, an ongoing problem of even greater magnitude today.
Did you know that heroin was originally used as a cough suppressant? For children?? After reading the book I did my own research about the creation and production of heroin and I was amazed at the historical accuracy of this novel. The Author’s Note in the back of the book also did a great deal in revealing the research that went into the writing of the book. I was reeling that we as a human race could be so stupid to think that heroin would be not only “not bad” or patients, but beneficial, and for children! But then again, putting myself into the minds of the medical professionals at the end of the nineteenth century, I guess I could see the appeal. Once the detrimental effects became clear, however, I would have hoped that we would realize the error of our ways and rescind our thoughts on the drug, but instead here we are, over a century later, and the opiate crisis is worse than it’s ever been. If nothing else, this book showed the dangers of relying too heavily on man-made drugs and the ability to make money off said drugs.
I highly recommend this book for anyone who enjoys either historical fiction or a good mystery, especially if you enjoy a good political backdrop. After enjoying this book, I plan on going back and finding the author’s other work of fiction and reading it as well.