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"A riveting crime novel.... This is a superior roman à clef." Publishers Weekly starred review

“W.A. Winter turns the known bare threads of a true crime event and trial in mid-50s Minneapolis...into a masterful work of narrative fiction.... The human drama of the crime, the investigation, the trial, and the aftermath are laid out with mesmerizing precision.”
Geza Tatrallyay, New York Journal of Books

"If [James] Ellroy moved his cops to the Midwest, you'd have The Secret Lives of Dentists. Hits like a Minnesota winter, cold and hard. You'll love it."

Rick Ollerman, author of Mad Dog Barked

“A twisty tale of lust and dentistry gone wrong inspired by a sensational 1955 murder case...a story that’s steamy, seamy, and more than a little strange.”

Larry Millett, author of Rafferty’s Last Case

In 1955, small-town girls flock to Minneapolis for work and adventure. But Teresa Hickman, from tiny Dollar, North Dakota, is a special case: beguiling, promiscuous, and, on a chilly April morning, dead along an abandoned trolley track in a quiet Southside neighborhood.

Teresa Hickman was three months pregnant when she was strangled. Was her unborn child’s father also her killer? Could the killer have been Dr. H. David Rose, a middle-aged dentist and family man who admits he was with her the night she died? There’s no forensic evidence or credible witnesses tying him to the crime, yet a pair of obsessive investigators agree that a Jewish dentist will get them a conviction.

Dr. Rose’s spectacular trial and its shocking aftermath will mesmerize the Upper Midwest like few crime sagas before or since.



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