Inspired by a true story, a young orphan rises to become the world’s first forensic scientist during the thirteenth-century Song Dynasty.
In ancient China only a select few ever reached the coveted title of "corpse reader," a forensic elite who, even at the risk of their own lives, had a mandate that no death go unsolved and no crime go unpunished.
Cí Song was the first of those elite few.
Inspired by a real person, The Corpse Reader tells the extraordinary story of a young man of humble origin, whose passion and determination led him from his position as a gravedigger in the Fields of Death to the outstanding disciple of Lin'an in the prestigious Ming Academy. There, envied for his pioneering methods, and persecuted by his peers, he arouses the curiosity of the emperor himself, who assigns Ci to track a series of heinous crimes that threaten to destroy the imperial court. But as Cí delves deeper into the mysterious deaths, there are those who will do anything to silence him…forever.
With THE CORPSE READER (AmazonCrossing; May 28, 2013; $14.95/Trade Paperback; $9.99/E-book) Antonio Garrido has created something more than a thriller, more than a crime story: The Corpse Reader is the story of a young man who fights for the honor of his family, for the truth, and for himself. Set during the thirteenth-century Song Dynasty, Garrido’s writing promises to draw readers into a multilayered, ingenious and disturbing plot.
Inspired by Song Cí, considered to be the founding father of CSI-style forensic science, this historical thriller has already drawn comparisons to The Hangman’s Daughter for its fascinating details of another time. The Corpse Reader also received the Zaragoza International Prize for best historical novel published in Spain in 2012.
About the Author
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 author’s years of research into cultural, social, legal, and political aspects of life in the Song Dynasty, as well as his extensive study of Song Cí’s 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). Antonio’s previous novel, La Escriba, was published in 2008. Garrido currently resides in Valencia, Spain.
THE CORPSE READER by Antonio Garrido
On-Sale Date: May 28, 2013
Price: $14.95/Trade Paperback; $9.99/E-book