Speakers of the Dead: A Walt Whitman Mystery

Author(s): J. Aaron Sanders


The year is 1843, the place, New York City. When reporter Walt Whitman's friend is hanged for the murder of her husband - a crime she did not commit - Walt vows to exonerate her. With the help of her estranged boyfriend, the two men uncover a link between body-snatching and the murder: a man called Samuel Clement. To get to Clement, Walt and Henry descend into a dangerous underworld where men steal the bodies of the recently deceased and sell them to medical colleges. A vibrant reimagining of one of America's most beloved literary figures.


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J. Aaron Sanders is Associate Professor of English at Columbus State University where he teaches literature and creative writing. He holds a PhD in American Literature from The University of Connecticut and an MFA in Fiction from The University of Utah. His stories have appeared in"Carolina Quarterly," "Gulf Coast," "Quarterly West," and"Beloit Fiction Journal," among others. This is his first novel."

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  • : 9780143128717
  • : Penguin Putnam Inc
  • : Plume
  • : February 2016
  • : 203mm X 135mm X 16mm
  • : United States
  • : May 2016
  • : books

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  • : J. Aaron Sanders
  • : Paperback
  • : 1
  • : en
  • : 813.6
  • : 320