The Resurrectionist by Jack O'Connell

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The Resurrectionist is a wild ride into a territory where nothing is as it appears. Part classic noir thriller, part fabulist fable, it is the story of Sweeney and his comatose son, Danny. Hoping for a miracle, Sweeney has brought Danny to the fortresslike Peck Clinic, whose doctors claim to have "resurrected" patients who were similarly lost in the void. but the real cure for his son's condition may lie in Limbo, a comic book world beloved by Danny before he slipped into a coma.

O'Connell has crafted a spellbinding novel about stories and what they can do for and to those who create them and those who consume them. About the nature of consciousness and the power of the unknown. And, ultimately, about forgiveness and the depth of our need to extend it and receive it.
 

About Jack O'Connell

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Jack O'Connell (1921-2010) served as CIA station chief in Amman, Jordan, from 1963 to 1971 and was King Hussein's most trusted American adviser. He then became the king's attorney and diplomatic counselor in Washington for three decades.
 
Published September 22, 2009 by Algonquin Books. 337 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Although their comic-book travails apparently couldn’t be more removed from the antiseptic orbit of the Peck Clinic, the two worlds soon begin to bleed into one another, especially once Sweeney takes up with Nadia Rey, Danny’s nurse, and the Abominations, a gang of bikers who seem to straddle the...

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A father struggles to reclaim his son from a long-standing coma in O'Connell's dark, wildly inventive fantasy.

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The Resurrectionist by Jack O'Connell Buy it from the Guardian bookshop Search the Guardian bookshop O'Connell's four previous novels set in his mythic rust-belt ci...

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Like Stephen King in Richard Bachman mode, O'Connell digs for darkness as Chick and his companions, who inhabit the fantasy realm of Gehenna, encounter Dr. Lazarus Cole, \x93The Resurrectionist\x94 (stoned to death only to walk again) and dread the inevitable showdown with their nemesis, \x93the ...

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Examiner

If Sweeney is the opposite of the traditional fictional hero, the characters of Limbo are the opposite of the traditional comic book heroes.

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SF Site

Jack O'Connell Website ISFDB Bibliography Told in alternating story lines, The Resurrectionist is the tale of Sweeney, a father who has brought his comatose young son, Danny, to the Peck Clinic in hopes of a miracle.

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Bookmarks Magazine

Known for his dark style, Jack O’Connell has written four previous novels set in the fictional decaying industrial town of Quinsigamond, Massachusetts: Box Nine (1992), Wireless (1993), The Skin Palace (1996), and Word Made Flesh (1999).

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Chamber Four

Though cliche, the mad scientist grotesqueries blend nicely with the father son story (not unlike Cormac McCarthy’s The Road injected with cartoons) For these reasons the book is worth reading for those readers in search of a quick adventure story distraction to include in their mindless summer r...

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Boomtron

Its a crime novel, a fantasy novel, a weird novel.

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