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James B. Stewart is the author of Heart of a Soldier, the bestselling Blind Eye and Blood Sport, and the blockbuster Den of Thieves. A former Page-One editor at The Wall Street Journal, Stewart won a Pulitzer Prize in 1988 for his reporting on the stock market crash and insider trading. He is a regular contributor to SmartMoney and The New Yorker. He lives in New York.


What do we know about our doctors? After reading this book readers may decide the answer is, "Not enough." Michael Swango is considered to be one of the most prolific serial killers in the United States; he is thought to have committed at least 60 murders in hospitals throughout the country. How was he able to continue to work in these institutions even after he was convicted of poisoning some of his colleagues? Pulitzer Prize winner Stewart interviews many people to learn more about the man, how he was able to continue his reign of terror, and how he was finally stopped--temporarily. The author also talks with others within the medical field about the mind of the doctor and about ways the profession can work to stop people like him from practicing medicine. Boyd Gaines does a fine job narrating, but sometimes his characterizations are distracting, especially when he reads the report of the psychiatrist whom Stewart questioned. At times fascinating and at times downright scary, this recording will find a home in most collections.--Danna Bell-Russel, Library of Congress Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.

A remarkable piece of reporting.--Scott McLemee "Newsday "
Chillingly thorough....Wonderfully done....An elaborate journalistic reconstruction that has the fascination of an acutely observed and troubling novel.--Lance Morrow "The New York Times Book Review "
Stewart tells a riveting tale of terror, a true page-turner.--Jerome E. Groopman "The Wall Street Journal "
Blind Eye is a flat-out horrifying nonfiction profile of Michael Swango...Stewart is an excellent writer and reporter...This is a brave and passionate book.--Joan O'C. Hamilton "Business Week "
Stewart penetrates the hermetically sealed world of medicine. In the process, he exposes the arrogance and the fraudulent professional courtesies that allowed Swango to move ahead unchallenged. In other words, Stewart does the work that hospital administrators and supervising physicians in Ohio, South Dakota, and New York should have done.--Ellen Clegg "The Boston Globe "
Swango's odyssey is so compelling that I became riveted. I needed to know when and how he would be caught, and what ultimately happened to him.--Dr. Robert B. Daroff "The Plain Dealer (Cleveland) "
Stewart has produced an extraordinary book.--Steve Twedt "Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "
James B. Stewart's Blind Eye is a persuasive case against Dr. Michael Swango.--R. Z. Sheppard "Time magazine "
The facts gathered by Stewart are compelling. [He]...persuasively dissects the medical establishment.--Steve Weinberg "Chicago Tribune "
Is Blind Eye worth reading? Yes, Jim Stewart's books always are.--Joseph Nocera "Fortune "

This true-crime story of a serial killer doctor is handled by journalist pro Stewart (Den of Thieves) in unsparingly lean and mean terms. Broadway actor Gaines is equally wry and knowing in his telling, dwelling on the macabre details with barely suppressed relish. The villain, Dr. Michael Swango (even his name sounds creepy), worked his way through medical schools and numerous residency positionsÄallegedly poisoning and killing as many as 60 patients along the wayÄbefore finally being jailed on lesser charges. Obsessed with violence and death, Swango also moonlighted as a rogue ambulance paramedic. When Swango's reputation in the U.S. was finally scorched, he went on to practice his mayhem in Africa, before returning home to face incarceration. Stewart's hard reporting skills yield a great nail-biter of a story, making for riveting listening. Simultaneous release with the Simon & Schuster hardcover. (Sept.) Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.

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