Perfect Poison: A Female Serial Killer's Deadly Medicine

Perfect Poison: A Female Serial Killer's Deadly Medicine

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by M. William Phelps
     
 

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'Perfect Poison' tells the shocking true story of a female serial killer who abused her respected position as a nurse to administer death to her trusting patients.

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'Perfect Poison' tells the shocking true story of a female serial killer who abused her respected position as a nurse to administer death to her trusting patients.

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Columbia Daily Tribune
(Perfect Poison is) a compelling narrative . . . entertaining and instructive.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780786015504
Publisher:
Kensington
Publication date:
06/28/2003
Edition description:
Reissue
Pages:
480
Sales rank:
374,062
Product dimensions:
4.38(w) x 6.76(h) x 1.34(d)

Meet the Author

Investigative journalist M. William Phelps is the author of I'll Be Watching You, If Looks Could KillBecause You Loved MeMurder in the HeartlandPerfect Poison,Lethal GuardianEvery Move You Make, and Sleep in Heavenly Peace. He has appeared on dozens of national radio and television programs, including Good Morning AmericaCourt TV, The Discovery Channel, Geraldo at Large, and Montel Williams, and has consulted for the Showtime cable television series Dexter. He lives in a small Connecticut farming community with his wife and children.

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Perfect Poison 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 37 reviews.
WesternMass More than 1 year ago
Medical mysteries can be difficult to follow, but the author did a brilliant job in laying out enough information to make it easily understood. There was just enough background information on the participants to provide relevance without unnecessarily weighing the story down. Note to readers: don't start this book unless you have the time to finish...you won't be able to put it down.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is what I call a 'one-more-page' book; I swear I'll read just 'one more page' before I put the book down & do something else. However, 'one more page' easily turns into 15 or 20 more. This is a chilling profile of a psychotic narcissist in the guise of Florence Nightengale. Very well written & a must for all true-crime fans.
embalmr More than 1 year ago
I like it. Read very well. I am a true crime fan it may not be for everyone.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The whole story was very interesting, and while I realize the whole process took so long to get an arrest and conviction, it just dragged. Even though the woman in here was a true psychopath, the author was clearly biased when he wrote it instead of just sticking to the facts.
OneReadingMomma More than 1 year ago
Wow-this is a really good book and it is superbly written! I could not put it down in anticipation of what would happen next. I love the detail and the way the writer presents the facts in a non-prejudicial manner.
Guest More than 1 year ago
It is a blood-curdling page turner. But it is also a meticulously researched study of the inner recesses of the mind of a psychopathic narcissist. The incredible story of Kristen H. Gilbert, a VA nurse who murdered her patients, probably to show off, especially to her paramour, the facility's security guard. The book is a parallel anatomy of the disintegration of a personality - and the merciless slayings of veterans, young and old. It also provides a breathtaking and intimate view of how ER and ICU operate in modern medical facilities and how vulnerable these are to manipulation and worse. The book is refreshingly politically incorrect. The author makes no secret of what he thinks of his subject and her unspeakable acts. But, like a good detective, he never loses track of the scent. The plot thickens, the tension mounts, the reader is constantly kept guessing and on the edge of his seat. The only regrettable thing is that this superb thriller is based on real events. Sam Vaknin, author of 'Malignant Self Love - Narcissism Revisited'.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Kristen Gilbert may appear to be well-liked soccer mom and caring nurse, but she manipulated just about everyone in her life--including her helpless victims, US veterans. It's hard to believe this is Phelps's first book. He writes better than Ann Rule, one of my favorites. I highly recommend PERFECT POISON, which is sure to be a true crime classic right along side the best!
TopcatTC More than 1 year ago
Phelps has done it again! He continues to hold my attention beyond bedtime. Very good book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
And another well written hard to put down book by phelps
Sammy1960 More than 1 year ago
I found this book to be very good. Was hard to put down. What a sick and evil person Gilbert is.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is a must read for those that read true crime books. He tells all, no holding back when it comes to just how horrifying this women was it keeps you on the edge of your seat!
Guest More than 1 year ago
PERFECT POISON flawlessly tells the story of Kristen Gilbert, a narcissistic woman hell-bent on getting what she wants -- at any cost! M. William Phelps delves into the before and after of the story giving the reader a well-rounded view from the inside. With his use of thoughts of characters, he makes the reader the fly on the wall that we've all wanted to be at one time or another. After such a dramatic and horrible tale, this reader hopes to never enter a hospital again. Phelps' insight reminds the reader that any person could be a serial killer! Without Phelps, much of this story would have gone untold, possibly forever. A MUST-READ!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One of the best true crime books I have read in a while, and I have read many. This book will grab you from the beginning and hold you until the end. I am so grateful to all who helped to put Kristen Gilbert in prison where she belongs. The families of those victims deserved justice. Highly highly recommended!
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I am a huge fan of true crime books, but reading this book felt like a chore. It just dragged on for ages. The chapters are all extremely short so there are over 90 of them! I've read other books by this author and I'm not really a fan of his. It's a shame really since the subject seemed so interesting. I believe she was mentioned on "Deadly Women"
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