On 23 November 1849, in the heart of Boston, one of the city's richest men vanished. Dr. George Parkman, who owned much of
Boston's West End, was last seen that afternoon visiting his alma mater, Harvard Medical School. Police scoured city tenements
and the harbour but a Harvard janitor held a much darker suspicion: that their ruthless benefactor had not left the Medical
School building. His shocking discovery engulfed America in one of its most infamous trials, The Commonwealth of Massachusetts
vs. John White Webster, Harvard's professor of chemistry. A baffling case of red herrings, grave robbing and dismemberment;
it became a landmark in the use of medical forensics. Rich in characters and atmosphere, Blood & Ivy explores the fatal entanglement
of new science and old money in one of America's greatest murder mysteries.