The Anatomist by Noah Alexander

The Anatomist

The Anatomist by Noah Alexander (Maya Mystery #2)
English | 2020 | Mystery & Thriller | ePUB | 2.8 MB

Dr. Melcrose is not bothered by dead bodies. But that changes when the corpse on his dissection table turns out to be a man he knows.

Dr. Charles Melcrose, a celebrated anatomist, sees more dead men during his day than living. But even his experienced eyes squint in terror when the body of a man who supplied him with cadavers for research turns up at his door one night, accompanied by an arcane note ‘Stop disturbing the graves, or else…’

Troubled by the mysterious note and too apprehensive to approach the police, Dr. Melcrose enlists the help of a (quiet clearly crazy) detective Maya to investigate the case.

The mystery deepens when the dead man turns out to be a grave robber wanted by the police. But that is only the tip of the iceberg. As Maya delves deeper into the mystery she uncovers a series of frightening secrets hidden in the dark underbelly of Cardim and buried under an years old tale of love, loss and desperation. Will Maya be able to dig history away and unravel the mystery or will she fall in the pit of her own creation?

Dr. Charles Melcrose steadied the eyeball with the end of his pen so that it stopped wobbling in the glass dish in which it was perched. Then carefully, with quick intricate strokes, he began to sketch the organ in his anatomical notebook. He made the spherical contour first, complete with the pink muscular comet tail at the back, then, holding his breath to keep his hands steady, started with the blood vessels which wove thin crimson patterns all over the glazed surface of the eyeball. He left the iris for the end. It was the most important part of the eye, and the most complex, the radial fibers of the diaphragm were a major challenge to reproduce authentically on paper. 

Dr. Melcrose was a physician and a professor of Human Anatomy at the university and no man in Cardim took anatomical sketching more seriously than him. He could not bear to misrepresent the specimen even slightly, all details had to reflect upon paper as if the organ itself had been crafted based on his drawing. He felt any digression akin to disrespecting the dead being to which the organ belonged.

And disrespecting the dead was like disrespecting his profession.

At the end of the grueling work, the doctor cracked his fingers and observed his diagram. Confident that the illustration resembled the actual specimen closely, the doctor screwed his pen and took out a rag from the table drawer. The sight of a few slips of paper inside the drawer disturbed him slightly, but he forced them out of his mind. It had been a productive evening and he did not want bits of paper to ruin the pleasant sensation of a successful academic endeavor. He wrapped his hand in a silk glove, picked up the eyeball from the china dish, and dropped it in a glass jar of brine. The doctor placed the jar in a wooden rack beside his table in the midst of other similar containers full of severed ears, noses, pieces of bones and other anatomical specimens of humans and animals. Dr. Charles Melcrose had collected these organs from the numerous dissections that he had performed on humans and animals over the years. They allowed him to peek inside the body and find out secrets that otherwise shrouded the eye.

He cleaned his table of any spot of brine and returned to his notebook to label his sketch. The doctor planned to give a demonstration of the organ to his students at the university next week, as well as publish the results of his study in the Asian Journal of Anatomy. He was sure his findings would be very popular in the city; many physician friends often came to him complaining that eye was the one organ that they had the least power to repair. With his study, Charles was sure, this would change.

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