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In the summer of 1985, in his exclusive Upper East Side Manhattan apartment, Robert Bierenbaum, a prominent surgeon and certified genius, strangled his wife Gail to death. He then drove her body to an airstrip in Caldwell, N.J., and dumped it into the Atlantic Ocean from a single-engine private plane. The next day he reported her missing.

Gail's parents had been thrilled to learn she was marrying Robert Bierenbaum. He seemed to be the perfect match for their daughter. He was from a well-to-do family, a medical student who spoke five languages fluently, a skier, and he even flew an airplane. But Gail would come to learn of her husband's dark side. On one occasion when Robert had tried to choke Gail because he caught her smoking, she filed a police report. She also alleged that he tried to kill her cat because he was jealous of it. For years, her sister pleaded with Gail to run for her life. Even her therapist warned his vulnerable patient that she could eventually die at the hands of the man she married.

Fifteen years after this unspeakable, unfathomable crime, a jury found Robert Bierenbaum guilty of murder - and stripped the mask off of this privileged professional to reveal a monster.
©2001 Kieran Crowley (P)2017 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.
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5 out of 5 stars
By Susan on 12-21-17

Well Written

This is a horrendous story that I hadn't heard of in the news, although it's been awhile since it happened.

It's hard to believe that there are people among us like this. To be honest, I disliked both the victim and the person who was convicted. However, that doesn't take away from the tragedy
They couldn't prove he did it but I got the impression that he did, and the jury obviously did as well.. They had only circumstantial evidence but it was overwhelming damning.

It was almost the perfect murder...........

I felt the book was very well written but I didn't really care for the narrator. His voice sounded forced. I prefer Kevin Pierce to narrate true crime.

A good listen, overall. I hate to say that about an awful murder but I do like true crime. I wish it was all fiction though.

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4 out of 5 stars
By susan on 03-07-18

Crazy love

Would you listen to The Surgeon's Wife again? Why?

No - Too slow and the characters are too darn dumb

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Surgeon's Wife?

Liked the stories about his water bagels

Which scene was your favorite?

When her sister got a chance to stare him down.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?


Any additional comments?

Kind of slow

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5 out of 5 stars
By Liz on 01-21-18


a very thorough book looking at the case of a doctor who might have murdered his wife.
the twists and turns in the story and the eventual outcome are intricately detailed and discussed. I found this true life story a very interesting one that leads to one conclusion in reality.

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