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Bringing Out the Dead: A Novel (1998)
by Joe Connelly
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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0375700293, Paperback)For nearly a decade author Joe Connelly rushed from emergency to emergency as a paramedic in the Hell's Kitchen area of New York City. This is the novel he wrote to purge, perhaps redeem, the torment of his experiences in the trenches with the dying and the barely living. Connelly seems to be a born writer, for this first novel makes brilliant use of unflinching realism, dark and brittle humor, a faint whiff of the supernatural, and, above all, the poignancy of a human soul that chooses slow self-destruction rather than shutting itself off to the suffering of others. As Patrick McGrath--another writer of dark literary fiction--writes, "The author's vision is both bleak and compassionate; his control of his explosive material is masterly. This is strong stuff, full of heart, engaging, harrowing, and real." You won't be able to let this one out of your sight until you've finished reading it, and it will linger long after you've put it down. --Fiona Webster
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A paramedic's life at the wheel of an ambulance in New York City. The novel follows Frank Pierce for two days and nights as he answers 911 calls. The reader is able to share his frustration with false alarms, his joy at saving people and his sorrow at killing them. A first novel.
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