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Novel praise.

Byline: Nancy Sheehan

COLUMN: TEN THINGS TO DO

We could go on and on about how great Worcester novelist Jack O'Connell's fourth novel, a dark thriller titled "The Resurrectionist res·ur·rec·tion·ist  
n.
1. One who steals bodies from graves in order to sell them for dissection; a body snatcher.

2. One who brings something back into use or notice again.
," is but then you would just accuse us of local literati aggrandizement ag·gran·dize  
tr.v. ag·gran·dized, ag·gran·diz·ing, ag·gran·diz·es
1. To increase the scope of; extend.

2. To make greater in power, influence, stature, or reputation.

3.
 and, eeuuww, that would smart. So why don't we just let the out-of-towners wax effusive for us:

"To call Jack O'Connell's novels imaginative, or even original, doesn't begin to say it. ... There's something both exciting and unnerving un·nerve  
tr.v. un·nerved, un·nerv·ing, un·nerves
1. To deprive of fortitude, strength, or firmness of purpose.

2. To make nervous or upset.
 about (his) kind of hallucinatory hal·lu·ci·na·to·ry
adj.
1. Of or characterized by hallucination.

2. Inducing or causing hallucination.
 writing." - New York Times Book Review

"Brilliant writing, original concepts, emotional resonance and O'Connell's fearlessness. I've read `The Resurrectionist' twice now, and both times it came as something of a revelation." - Washington Post Book World

"O'Connell (is a) cackling cack·le  
v. cack·led, cack·ling, cack·les

v.intr.
1. To make the shrill cry characteristic of a hen after laying an egg.

2. To laugh or talk in a shrill manner.

v.tr.
 genius. ... Fans of his previous novels, the cult favorites `The Skin Palace,' `Box Nine,' and `Wireless' will be glad to hear that `The Resurrectionist' is just as demented and deeply enjoyable." - Los Angeles Times Los Angeles Times

Morning daily newspaper. Established in 1881, it was purchased and incorporated in 1884 by Harrison Gray Otis (1837–1917) under The Times-Mirror Co. (the hyphen was later dropped from the name).
 

There is much more, but we are running out of room and want to use the rest of the space to tell you that you can meet genre-jumping Jack, a lifelong Worcester resident, at a signing for his book's new paperback edition at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Barnes & Noble, 541 D Lincoln St., Worcester (that's' Lincoln Plaza). Be there or he just might send some of his characters - say, a psychotic biker, mad neurologist or wandering circus freak - out to find you.
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