Graves Gate

Graves Gate

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Baker & Taylor
Arthur Conan Doyle and his companions, American journalist Charles Baker and Adrianna Wallace, wife of a prominent MP, become pawns in the deadly game of murderous psychiatrist Dr. Bernard Gussmann, who uses the power of the occult to gain control of his victims with the goal of achieving eternal life.

Perseus Publishing
This chilling novel set in post–World War I London, traverses the strange and often frightening intersection between Spiritualism and early psychiatry, featuring a murderous psychiatrist named Dr. Bernard Gussmann, whose occult experiments include a dark practice he dubs "subgnostic possession." Spiritualists of the day included the famous author Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, who here has an opportunity to legitimize his unusual beliefs when he receives what seems to be a letter from the supposedly long-dead doctor extending an offer Doyle cannot refuse: communing with the deceased in exchange for a small favor. Doyle must bring any one of three people named in the letter to visit a woman in prison awaiting execution for murder. Each is a former patient of Gussmann's. Is the letter a hoax? Is Dr. Gussmann really somehow still alive? Doyle seeks help from his American journalist friend, Charles Baker, who teams up with Adrianna Wallace, wife of a prominent Member of Parliament. As the trio uncover the backgrounds of the three people listed in the letter and follow the ethereal track of Gussmann, they soon learn that they are accomplices to a deadly game of musical chairs.

This chilling novel set in post–World War I London, traverses the strange and often frightening intersection between Spiritualism and early psychiatry, featuring a murderous psychiatrist named Dr. Bernard Gussmann, whose occult experiments include a dark practice he dubs “subgnostic possession.” Spiritualists of the day included the famous author Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, who here has an opportunity to legitimize his unusual beliefs when he receives what seems to be a letter from the supposedly long-dead doctor extending an offer Doyle cannot refuse: communing with the deceased in exchange for a small favor. Doyle must bring any one of three people named in the letter to visit a woman in prison awaiting execution for murder. Each is a former patient of Gussmann’s. Is the letter a hoax? Is Dr. Gussmann really somehow still alive? Doyle seeks help from his American journalist friend, Charles Baker, who teams up with Adrianna Wallace, wife of a prominent Member of Parliament. As the trio uncover the backgrounds of the three people listed in the letter and follow the ethereal track of Gussmann, they soon learn that they are accomplices to a deadly game of musical chairs.


Blackwell North Amer
A novel set in 1922 London, Graves Gate straddles the frightening intersection of early psychiatry and the paranormal. At the center of the tale is the prominent author and public figure, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Accustomed to ridicule from the press and high society for his belief in the spirit world, Doyle is offered a surprise opportunity to confirm his unconventional views when he receives a letter purportedly written by Dr. Bernard Gussmann, the psychiatrist who had treated Doyle's father years earlier, and then died. The letter dangles a prospect before the novelist that he cannot resist - a chance to commune with the deceased. In exchange, however, Doyle must do a puzzling favor for the mysterious correspondent: arrange for any one of three people designated in the letter, each at one time a patient of Gussmann, to visit an imprisoned woman awaiting hanging for murder.
Is the letter a preposterous hoax, or can Gussmann somehow still live? Is someone trying to exploit Doyle's beliefs by taking the identity of a dead man? Eager to learn the truth, but hoping to avoid more public embarrassment, Doyle seeks help from Charles Baker, an American reporter with the Associated Press, who served in military intelligence during World War I. In turn, Baker gains the assistance of Adrianna Wallace, the comely wife of a member of Parliament, and a battlefield nurse in the recent war. The duo investigate those named in the letter while pursuing a baffling trail that leads them to Morton Graves Hospital, where Gussmann practiced psychiatry, and to the doctor's grave, which they exhume. Interred there they find coded journals that describe a hypnotic technique dubbed "subgnostic possession," and soon become participants in a deadly game of musical chairs. To stop the devious practices they've discovered, Charles and Adrianna try to lure Dr. Gussmann - or his impersonator - into a cunningly conceived trap baited with a human being.

Baker
& Taylor

Arthur Conan Doyle and his companions, Charles Baker and Adrianna Wallace, become pawns in the deadly game of a murderous psychiatrist, who uses the power of the occult to gain control of his victims in order to achieve eternal life.

Publisher: New York : Carroll & Graf, 2003
ISBN: 9780786712021
0786712023
Branch Call Number: BUR
Characteristics: 423 p. ; 24 cm

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