“Reading this memoir is like watching an episode of CSI
with your dry, brassy best friend.”
— NPR "Books We Love"
“Butcher’s remarkably candid and sensitive memoir reveals how she learned to navigate a heart-wrenching line of work and to overcome her own demons.”
— Tom Nolan
"An unprecedented gutsy view of the Rue Morgue in New York City, told by one of its greatest characters. Barbara Butcher stares life and death in the face and doesn’t avert her gaze. She’s the real deal. Her stories and insights are breathtakingly honest, compassionate, and raw. What the Dead Know
is impossible to put down. A must read, it's destined to be a classic."
— Patricia Cornwell
“What the Dead Know
is wise and deep and completely unputdownable. Barbara Butcher's memoir is about finding home within yourself. It’s fantastic."
— Adriana Trigiani, New York Times
bestselling author of The Good Left Undone
“Butcher chronicles her career path and her journey to sobriety in unflinching detail, while her voice remains deliberate and measured, occasionally slipping into what sounds like a half-smirk when cracking a joke….She has a way with words, telling stories that are at turns hilarious, thought-provoking and, as might be expected, disturbing. This is a story of trauma, yes, but it’s also a glimpse into the dark side of a city that most never see up close.”
— New York Times Book Review
"Barbara Butcher’s compelling memoir gives readers a glimpse into the truly shocking things that happen behind the scene of the crime. It’s surprising, insightful, and perfect for fans of true crime, or for anyone who wants to understand what it’s really like to be a medical examiner."
— Karin Slaughter, New York Times
and Internationally Bestselling Author
“A propulsive memoir; equal parts stories of how one lives and dies in NYC and Butcher’s personal journey of self-discovery and recovery, coming to know, trust herself. Deftly well crafted, What The Dead Know
tells a powerful story of what it is to be human, ever curious, and compelled to bear witness to the world around us.”
— A.M. Homes, author of The Unfolding
“In this riveting memoir, Barbara Butcher writes unflinchingly about death and loss with stories gleaned from decades of experience in the New York City Medical Examiner’s Offices, but she also writes honestly and with surprising humor about her own life’s challenges and recoveries. Reading this book felt like getting to know a new, fascinating friend.”
— Alafair Burke, New York Times
bestselling author of Find Me
"Barbara Butcher’s What the Dead Know
is three unputdownable books in one—a series of gripping true crime stories told with unflinching style, a revealing and fascinating look at crime scene investigation, and an engrossing, moving, and very funny memoir that will inspire everyone who reads it."
— Kate White, New York Times
bestselling author of The Second Husband
“What the Dead Know
offers an unflinching look at the lives and deaths investigated by medicolegal death investigator Barbara Butcher in New York City. Her stories capture the integrity and empathy necessary for a professional career dedicated to understanding death, with a greater purpose: to support the living.”
— Judy Melinek, M.D., author of Working Stiff