Atlantic Books has signed a non-fiction book detailing the crimes of a nurse dubbed “The Angel of Death”.
Editor-in-chief Ravi Mirchandani bought UK and Commonwealth rights to The Good Nurse: A True Story of Medicine, Madness and Murder by Charles Graeber, in a deal with Arabella Stein at Abner Stein, representing the Susan Golomb Literary Agency.
The book, published by Grand Central in the US, has been a New York Times bestseller in hardback and e-book.
It revolves around nurse Charlie Cullen, who was implicated in the deaths of as many as 300 patients while working for 16 years at various hospitals in the US. Journalist Graeber spent ten years investigating the case, with access to key witnesses, evidence, and Cullen himself who has not granted any interviews before or since.
Mirchandani said: “It is as grippingly readable as a first-class police procedural, but it also has as much to say—terrifyingly—about the world of modern hospitals as it does about the making of the most prolific serial killer in American history.”
Atlantic will release it as a trade paperback in September 2013.