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The Resurrectionist

By Jack O'Connell

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Workman Publishing Company
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Number Of Pages
336
Publication Date
September 22, 2009
ISBN
9781565126787

The Resurrectionist

By Jack O'Connell

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Gritty noir fiction, mind-bending fantasy, and medical thriller combine in a new novel by an author dubbed the "cyberpunk Dashiell Hammett."

Sweeney is a druggist by trade; Danny, his son, is in a persistent coma, the victim of an accident. Hoping for a miracle, they have come to the Peck Clinic, a fortresslike haven in a post-industrial city overrun by gangs. Doctors there claim to have resurrected two patients who were similarly lost in the void.

Gradually, Sweeney realizes that the cure for his son's condition may lie in "Limbo," a fantasy comicbook world into which Danny had been drawn at the time of his accident. Plunged into the intrigue that surrounds the clinic, Sweeney searches for answers and instead finds sinister back alleys, brutal dead ends, and terrifying rabbit holes of mystery.

Full of puzzles and surprises, The Resurrectionist is a surreal, gothic meditation on identity, the nature of consciousness, the power of stories, love, mad scientists, circus freaks, and ultimately forgiveness—both giving and receiving.

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A "dark, wildly inventive fantasy. . . . A nightmarish story that’s hallucinatory, tightly structured and ultimately redemptive."—Kirkus
"The Resurrectionist is a brilliant, wild, heartfelt novel. It seems, like all of O’Connell’s work, at once to bear tribute to its predecessors and to come out of nowhere, a stew whose various lumps, gristles, fillers, and spices have long since cooked down to a single, amazing richness. O’Connell’s books are one of a kind — again and again."
"O'Connell's gift for building tension within a scene is equaled by his ability to create wonderfully dark and elaborate stage sets upon which to play out his dramas . . . [He] is wilder, edgier, more far-ranging and extravagant than his fellow genre-jumpers.” —The Boston Globe


"To call Jack O'Connell’s novels imaginative, or even original, doesn't begin to say it . . . There's something both exciting and unnerving about [his] kind of hallucinatory writing." —The New York Times Book Review
"A wild, surreal and thought-provoking ride." —San Francisco Chronicle
“Reed's performance is effortless . . .”
—AudioFile
“'Graham’s measured reading steers a course through nagging crossroads of perception, allowing layers of reality and fantasy to wash over us in a very effective, if nonlinear, listening experience.”
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Product details

Published By
Workman Publishing Company
Categories
Number Of Pages
336
Publication Date
September 22, 2009
ISBN
9781565126787

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