The Resurrectionist

The Resurrectionist

by Matthew Guinn


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"A fine gothic novel…Be warned: Corpses abound." —Washington Post

At South Carolina Medical College, Dr. Jacob Thacker is on probation for Xanax abuse. His interim career—working university public relations—takes an unnerving detour into the past when the bones of African American slaves are unearthed on campus.

In a parallel narrative set in the nineteenth century, Nemo ("no man"), a university slave purchased for his unusual knife skills, becomes an unacknowledged member of the surgical faculty by day—and by night, a "resurrectionist," responsible for procuring bodies for medical study. An unforgettable character, by turns apparently insouciant, tormented, and brilliant, Nemo will seize his self-respect in ways no reader can anticipate.

With exceptional storytelling pacing and skill, Matthew Guinn weaves together past and present to relate a Southern Gothic tale of shocking crimes and exquisite revenge.

A 2014 Edgar Award Finalist for Best First Novel.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780393348811
Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date: 08/04/2014
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 926,507
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 8.10(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Matthew Guinn's first novel, The Resurrectionist, was a finalist for the Edgar Award. A native Atlantan, he now lives with his family in Jackson, Mississippi.

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