The Corpse Reader by Antonio Garrido

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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).

 

About Antonio Garrido

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A native of Spain, a former educator, and industrial engineer, Antonio Garrido has received acclaim for the darkly compelling storytelling and nuanced historical details that shape his novel The Corpse Reader. This fictionalized account of the early life of Song Cí, the Chinese founding father of forensic science, represents the authors years of research into cultural, social, legal, and political aspects of life in the Tsong Dynasty, as well as his extensive study of Song Cís own five-volume treatise on forensics. 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). Antonios previous novel, La Escriba, was published in 2008. Garrido currently resides in Valencia, Spain.
 
Published May 28, 2013 by AmazonCrossingEnglish. 494 pages
Genres: History, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Song Cí, the real-life 13th-century Chinese “founding father” 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

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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

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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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