"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 the 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 listener 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.
©2013 Matthew Guinn (P)2013 Audible, Inc.
If I don't answer your call its because I'm totally in love with this audiobook!
What a great find! Murder mystery and mayhem with a touch of Deep South politics! What could be better!! Great!
Adventure and suspense please!
I kept waiting to find out where this story was going - why I was supposed to want to keep listening. That never really happened. It was underwhelming to say the most. It was also really gruesome without purpose. The narration was mostly good but voices were inconsistent. I would never suggest someone listen to or read this book. What a waste.
interesting until the ending
I love historical mysteries - this was middle of the line and interesting UNTIL the ending.
Interesting subject, didn't glorify or ignore the human cruelty and ignorance that is part of our country's history.
With a handful of days stretching out before me until my next credit, I purchased this book on sale. Hoping for something at least moderately interesting and well enough written that I wouldn't turn it off in frustration, I pressed play. I'm so glad that I did. What a terrific listen. Although there were a few noticeable bumps, overall this book just sang with beautiful writing. I'm off to see what else Mr. Guinn has written, my mind still mulling over much of this intriguing story.
I would recommend this book to a friend if he/she was looking for something diverting and not taxing to the mind of the imagination. This book will get you through washing the dishes and pulling some weeds in the yard. But don't think too much about the story because it's kind of a mess of half-baked cliche's and under-developed themes. It swims in the shallow end of the pool, if you know what I mean. But if you're sick of "great literature" and just want to coast down an easy slope intellectually, you could do worse than this book.
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So glad to have come across this book;!ill definitely be seeking out more books by Matthew Guinness. And the narration was excellent. A
I had real hopes for this novel because the set up is great. Unfortunately, the ending was abrupt, dissatisfying, and left too many loose ends. There were many more avenues to explore that the author left behind. Several good characters barely uncovered. Left me unhappy and dissatisfied.
This was great. The reader is fantastic. The story is awesome. I did not find the moving around in time periods at all confusing. I will admit I enjoyed the parts with Johnston and Nemo better, but all of it was good. My one criticism: it ended.
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