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Simon & Schuster



What the Dead Know

Writing in a fast-paced and precise style, Barbara Butcher shares a treasure trove of stories from her 22 years as a death investigator in New York City.

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Review of ‘What the Dead Know’

Early on in her job, Barbara Butcher got an invaluable piece of advice from a colleague: “When you leave here each day, surround yourself with things of beauty. Enjoy nature and art and food and music and love. Just do it, and don’t skip a day.” Those words turned out to be crucial, lifesaving wisdom…

Interview with Barbara Butcher

The New York City death investigator shares what it was like to have a career that both saved and ruined her life.

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