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ISBN: 9781842433065
Price: £9.99
Casing: Paperback
Format: B (198 x 129mm) with flaps
Extent: 320pp
Rights: UK & Commonwealth only, excl. Canada
Pub. Date: June 2009


Jack O'Connell

Jack O'Connell is the author of five critically acclaimed novels, which have earned him something of a cult status. He won the ($50,000) 1990 Mysterious Press Discovery Contest for the Best First Crime Novel for Box Nine, which launched his career. This and his other novels Wireless, The Skin Palace and Word Made Flesh are all published by No Exit Press.

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The Resurrectionist

by Jack O'Connell


Your only child is lost between this world and the next, and more than anything you want him back. A controversial doctor and a mysterious stranger claim they have the answer. Who do you trust? Are you willing to risk everything? Are you prepared to enter Limbo?

Part classic noir thriller, part mind-bending fantasy, The Resurrectionist is 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 forbidding, fortress-like Peck Clinic, whose doctors claim to have 'resurrected' other patients who were lost in the void. What Sweeney comes to realize, however, is that the real cure for his son's condition may lie in Limbo, a fantasy comic book world into which his son had been drawn at the time of his accident. Plunged into the intrigue that envelops the clinic, Sweeney's search for answers leads to sinister back alleys, brutal dead ends, and terrifying corners of darkness and mystery.

With The Resurrectionist, Jack O'Connell has crafted a breakout thriller that's gripping, suspenseful, and all-out heart-pounding.


A brilliantly tuned, mesmerizing labyrinth of a quasi-real world as only a master artist could draw it.
- James Ellroy

It's a helter-skelter, a roller-coaster, a ride on a ghost train – if the fairground had been designed by Philip K Dick, Stan Lee and Edgar Allan Poe.
- Brandon Robshaw, The Independent on Sunday [read the full review]

A feast of unsettling pleasures
- Barry Forshaw, The Independent [read the full review]

No one does the improbable like O'Connell.
- Maxim Jakubowski, The Guardian booksblog [read the full review]

Jack O'Connell has riffed on language, fire-cleansed genre conventions, and stripped the artifice from the modern noir novel, creating a body of work both exciting and entirely original.
- George Pelecanos

one of the most original American novels of the year.
- Jeff VanderMeer, Omnivoracious [read the full review]

A masterpiece, O'Connell's tour de force has a dose of the uncertainty of Kafka, the fantasy of Bradbury, the crisp prose of Greene, and the noir of Chandler.
- Andrew Gulli, The Strand Magazine

brilliant writing, original concepts, emotional resonance
- Jeff VandderMeer, The Washington Post [read the full review]

a highly entertaining adventure into the mind of the unknown
- Jennifer McCann, ST Site [read the full review]

One of crime fiction's great underrated writers
- Maxim [read the full review]

Transcending genres with style - interview with Jack O'Connell
- A P Maginness, Irish News [read the full review]

Fans of his previous novels, the cult favorites 'The Skin Palace,' 'Box Nine' and 'Wireless,' will be glad to hear that 'The Resurrectionist' is just as demented and deeply enjoyable.
- Regina Marler, The LA Times [read the full review]

O'Connell's latest is both demented and delightful and O'Connell is a crackerjack stylist
- Jes Bickham, DeathRay Magazine [read the full review]

RELATED LINKS Blog interview with Jack O'Connell on The Resurrectionist

Author Interview - Crime Time Online

Jack O'Connell on his latest, The Resurrectionist

Maxim Jakubowski on Jack O'Connell in The Guardian

Jack O'Connell on book signing - and biting - in London


Word Made Flesh (pb)