After his grandfather dies, avid scholar and budding forensic investigator Cí Song begrudgingly gives up his studies to help his family. But when another tragedy strikes, he’s forced to run and also deemed a fugitive. Dishonored, he has no choice but to accept work as a lowly gravedigger, a position that allows him to sharpen his corpse-reading skills. Soon, he can deduce whether a person killed himself—or was murdered.
His prowess earns him notoriety, and Cí receives orders to unearth the perpetrator of a horrific series of mutilations and deaths at the Imperial Court. Cí’s gruesome investigation quickly grows complicated thanks to old loyalties and the presence of an alluring, enigmatic woman. But he remains driven by his passion for truth—especially once the killings threaten to take down the Emperor himself.
Inspired by Song Cí, considered to be the founding father of CSI-style forensic science, this harrowing novel set during the thirteenth-century Tsong Dynasty draws readers into a multilayered, ingenious plot as disturbing as it is fascinating.
In 2012, The Corpse Reader received the Zaragoza International Prize for best historical novel published in Spain (Premio Internacional de Novela Histórica Ciudad de Zaragoza).
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Song CÃ, the real-life 13th-century Chinese âfounding fatherâ of forensic medicine, has ample opportunity to display his genius in this digressive historical from Spanish author Garrido (La Escriba),Mar 25 2013 | Read Full Review of The Corpse Reader
After reading Antonio Garrido’s first translated book ‘The Corpse Reader’, I was more than excited to sit down and immerse myself in his latest book, ‘The Scribe’.Jan 29 2014 | Read Full Review of The Corpse Reader
Don’t let the nearly 500 pages scare you off from reading this book, once you start reading you won’t want to put it down.May 31 2013 | Read Full Review of The Corpse Reader
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