While conducting the Good Friday service, vicar Richard Page is horrified when a man staggers in, bleeding from wounds inflicted during a vicious knife attack. There is no identification on him; he later dies, and no one comes forward to claim the body. Even more bizarrely, his corpse disappears from the morgue, leaving the police baffled and suspicious. The vicar is drawn into a bruising quest to uncover this man's identity and explain the unexplainable. His obsession will bring him into conflict with the police, his superiors, his congregation and even his wife. 'The Resurrection of the Body' is a thought-provoking work which explores love, religion and madness within an eerie and unsettling mystery.
`A compelling, impressive tale' -- The Times
`A rattling good read' -- Richard Chartres, Bishop of London
`An assured tone and decidedly bold denouement - a talent to watch' -- Financial Times
`Ingenious and provocative exploration of faith, fact and fantasy'
-- Hampstead & Highgate Express
`The story has mystery-thriller suspense as well as several intriguing depths . . . terrifically impressive' -- Independent
'This extraordinary little book... is thoughtful, perceptive, and subtle. Questioning the nature of both faith and both faith and sanity, with a truly mysterious ending, it's the perfect read for the Easter weekend.' The Guardian
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.