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The Resurrectionist: A Novel

The Resurrectionist: A Novel

Matthew Guinn

ISBN: 978-0-393-23931-7

*Norton agency titles

1269 pages

Select type: Hardcover

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

In the nineteenth century, Nemo ("no man"), a 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. With exceptional storytelling, pacing and skill, Matthew Guinn relates a gothic tale of shocking crimes and exquisite revenge, a riveting and satisfying moral parable of the American South.