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A TWISTED WORK OF LITERARY HORROR, FEATURING ONE OF AMERICAN HISTORY’S MOST NOTORIOUS AND PERSECUTED FIGURES—TYPHOID MARY
Karalee Soper, a graduate student in public health, grew up hearing tales of her heroic great grandfather,George A. Soper, who tracked down and locked away Irish immigrant cook Mary Mallon——the infamous diseasecarrier who came to be called Typhoid Mary. On a summer evening, while partying on a pleasure cruisewith her closest friends, she finds herself in an area of the East River known as Hell Gate——in sight of thelong-uninhabited island where Mary languished bitterly for decades——and can’t resist the temptation tosneak ashore for a secret visit. Soon five curious and precocious twentysomethings are wandering amongthe macabre ruins of abandoned Riverside Hospital. Budding experts on the history of communicable disease,these students think they’ve mastered everything there is to know about Typhoid Mary and NorthBrother Island. But they don’t know who tends the garden by the crumbling greenhouse. They don’t knowabout the ghosts of the General Slocum shipwreck. They don’t know the intentions of the hermit womanwho offers to cook them dinner. And, worst of all, they know nothing of the sinister history lurking in theDNA of Karalee Soper, who will soon learn to her horror that the real prisoner of Hell Gate is the person sheleast suspects.