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The Resurrectionistby 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.
"Holter Graham deftly brings to life the myriad characters that populate O'Connell's novel. Sweeney, a pharmacist, brings his comatose son, Danny, to the mysterious Peck Clinic in the hope that the doctors can restore his boy to consciousness. While trying to settle into his new surroundings, Sweeney encounters the peculiar staff of the hospital and a bizarre motorcycle gang who all have dark designs on his son. Though Graham sounds a bit young in his narration, his character voices are dead on, whether portraying the philosophical/psychotic head biker, a stoic strong man from a comic book series Danny loved, or the central, single-minded earnestness of Sweeney, each character is imbued with a richness of layers that is a tribute to O'Connell's writing and Graham's performance. Simultaneous release with the Algonquin hardcover (Reviews, Feb. 4). (Apr.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
Part classic noir thriller, part mind-bending fantasy, The Resurrectionistis a wild ride into a territory where nothing is as it appears. It is the story of Sweeney, a druggist by trade, and his son, Danny, the victim of an accident that has left him in a persistent coma. Hoping for a miracle, they have come to the fortress-like Peek Clinic, whose doctors claim to have and#8220;resurrectedand#8221; two patients who were similarly lost in the void. What Sweeney comes to realize, though, is that the real cure to his son"s condition may lie in and#8220;Limbo,and#8221; a fantasy comic book world into which his son had been drawn at the tie of his accident. Plunged into the intrigue that envelops the clinic, Sweeney searches for answersand#151;and is subsequently drawn into sinister back alleys, brutal dead ends, and terrifying rabbit holes of darkness and mystery.
About the Author
Jack O'Connell is the author of four widely acclaimed novels. He lives with his wife and children in Worcester, Massachusetts.HOLTER GRAHAM's film credits include Fly Away Home, Hairspray, and Maximum Overdrive.TV credits include Law and Order.
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