By the time you get through the first 50 pages, you will absolutely despise Dr. Linda Burfield Hazzard, a turn-of-the-century witchdoctor, who preyed on the confused, weak-spirited and disillusioned. Indeed, Dr. Hazzard was a woman who would stop at nothing to feed her greedy, narcissistic longings for wealth and public stature. Veteran true crime author Gregg Olsen's knack for detail allows the reader to see clearly just how devious, evil and stubborn this so-called doctor was. One of Dr. Hazzard's cures for blindness, for example, included starving a young boy for three weeks.
But more important than the drama, author Gregg Olsen brings us into the soul of the story and helps us to understand why the victims -- a pair of wealthy British sisters -- sought out Dr. Hazzard's unorthodox treatment in the first place. We feel shame and sorrow for these women, yes; but we also put ourselves in their place. What would I have done in a similar situation? Even for the most experienced writer, this is no easy
STARVATION HEIGHTS is a (medical) thriller ride of a lifetime. Olsen uses the skills of America's finest novelists to tell this disturbing true tale of deception, spiritual theft and, finally, murder by the most appalling means: starvation. By the time you turn the last page, you will be wondering if Olsen has pulled a fast one and made the entire story up. But of course he hasn't. Every last word is painstakingly extracted from his diligent research and obvious skills as a master reporter. Put down Robin Cook at once and read this "real life" medical thriller instead! Gregg Olsen, one of the most original true crime writers working today, paints a fascinating portrait of one human being, under the most deplorable circumstances imaginable, dominating another. A great read by a great writer!