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The Pathology Lesson

Michael Dibdin

‘The autopsy is complete. I thank the pathologist, who thanks me for coming. We both thank the assistant, who in turn thanks us. It is all very polite, very English. You almost expect the cadavers to add their thanks as well. ’

The subject is wheeled in on a trolley, swathed in white linen, an amorphous bundle whose only distinguishing features are the peak of the feet at one end and a red stain at the other. The assistant manoeuvres the trolley alongside one of the six stainless-steel tables, their surfaces covered in an …


Michael Dibdin

Michael Dibdin was an Irish crime writer. He wrote an eleven novel cycle detailing the life and career of a fictional detective, Aureliano Zen, the first novel of which won the 'Gold Dagger' award of 1988. He also wrote seven other books including The Last Sherlock Holmes Story, The Dying of the Light and Thanksgiving. He died in 2007.

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