The Resurrectionist

The Resurrectionist

A Novel

Book - 2013
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"Dog days and the fresh bodies are arriving once again." So begins the fall term at South Carolina Medical College, where Dr. Jacob Thacker is on probation for Xanax abuse. His interim career--working public relations for the dean--takes an unnerving detour into the past when the bones of African American slaves, over a century old, are unearthed on campus. Out of the college's dark past, these bones threaten to rise and condemn the present.

In the middle of the nineteenth century, Dr. Frederick Augustus Johnston, one of the school's founders, had purchased a slave for his unusual knife skills. This slave, Nemo ("no man") would become 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, and seen by some as almost supernatural, 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 riveting and satisfying moral parable of the South.

Publisher: New York :, W.W. Norton & Company,, 2013.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780393239317
Branch Call Number: FICTION Guinn Matthew 06/2013
Characteristics: 284 pages ;,22 cm


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Jun 04, 2016

I finally read Matthew's first novel..... Let's just say I found my second favorite author (James Patterson will always be my 1st).

May 21, 2015

Really enjoyed the subject matter and I felt that the story was really coming together.

However after quite some build up it wraps up very quickly.

neshamah18 Nov 30, 2013

Wow, an amazing book with historical fact and fiction.


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