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The Corpse Reader by [Garrido, Antonio]
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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), his first novel translated into English. Some people in his rural village try to take advantage of the young Cí, with the result that he constantly finds himself in trouble, often betrayed and seemingly doomed to be cast out from any brief haven he finds. At age 16, Cí moves with his family temporarily to the imperial capital of Lin’an, where he gets his medical training in the Fields of the Dead (the cemetery); at the feet of his father’s boss, Judge Feng; and at the Ming Academy, where Professor Ming champions him. When Emperor Ningzong recognizes his talents, Cí is charged with solving a series of puzzling murders that enmesh him in palace intrigues. Garrido’s impressively detailed descriptions of daily life and Cí’s innovative methods offset his hero’s overlong, overdone tribulations. Reviewed May 2013.

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Inspired by the story of Song Cí, the Song Dynasty Chinese official whose handbook for coroners, Collected Cases of Injustice Rectified (1247), may be the first treatise on forensic science, The Corpse Reader envisions the young Cí as a gifted action hero who, beset again and again by pitiless foes, survives through his uncanny ability to analyze crime scenes. It is a story defined by its mysteries: Did Cí’s older brother really commit the crime to which he confessed? Who is the brutal killer behind the strange and gruesome murders in the Imperial Court? Should Cí trust Feng, the kindly man who once employed his father, or Ming, the powerful scholar with questionable intentions? And what should we make of Blue Iris, the beautiful blind courtesan? The core of the story, of course, is Cí’s forensic investigations, which resemble an episode of CSI: Song Dynasty; the rest of the time, Garrido’s narrative veers into outright melodrama with its sudden twists, dramatic reversals, and exaggerated emotions. But the overall originality of the premise, and Garrido’s dogged commitment to historical and scientific detail, makes it easy to forgive such excesses. Reviewed April 15, 2013.

Product details

  • File Size: 1741 KB
  • Print Length: 494 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1612184367
  • Publisher: AmazonCrossing (May 28, 2013)
  • Publication Date: May 28, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00AB09KGO
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #84,346 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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