The Resurrection of the Body

The Resurrection of the Body

by Maggie Hamand

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A local vicar loses himself in his obsession to uncover the identity of a man who died in his church, and whose body disappeared.  See more details below


A local vicar loses himself in his obsession to uncover the identity of a man who died in his church, and whose body disappeared.

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A traditional whodunit turns into an unsettling journey of murder, obsession and a crisis of faith in the skillful hands of British author Hamand (The Rocket Man). In the middle of vicar Richard Page's Good Friday service, a man, bleeding from a knife wound to the chest, staggers into Page's church in the poor London neighborhood of Hackney. As his parishioners rush to the man's aid, Richard to his shame feels paralyzed, unable to act when faced with real wounds after contemplating Christ's suffering on the cross. The victim dies soon after in the hospital. While putting the finishing touches on his Easter Sunday sermon, Richard learns from the police that the body has disappeared from the morgue. When a parishioner reports seeing the supposed dead man working as a gardener, Richard begins his own investigation. As he delves deeper, fantasy and reality become blurred, and he questions even his own sanity. A compelling story builds to a chilling conclusion. (Nov.)

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Maggie Hamand is a journalist, non-fiction author and novelist. She was the winner of the first World One-Day Novel cup and her novel, The Resurrection of the Body, was first published by Michael Joseph and has been optioned for film and television. She is also the author of The Rocket Man and Doctor Gavrilov. She has had several short stories published which have been shortlisted for prizes. She taught creative writing at Morley College, was Writer in Residence at Holloway Prison, London and a Royal Literary Fund Fellow at London University of the Arts. She founded and was director of the acclaimed small independent publisher The Maia Press and has recently published Creative Writing For Dummies and Creative Writing Exercises for Dummies.

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