After his grandfather dies, avid scholar and budding
forensic investigator Cí Song begrudgingly gives up his studies to help his
family. But when another tragedy strikes, he’s forced to run and also deemed a
fugitive. Dishonored, he has no choice but to accept work as a lowly
gravedigger, a position that allows him to sharpen his corpse-reading skills.
Soon, he can deduce whether a person killed himself or was murdered.
His prowess earns him notoriety, and Cí receives orders to
unearth the perpetrator of a horrific series of mutilations and deaths at the
Imperial Court. Cí’s gruesome investigation quickly grows complicated thanks to
old loyalties and the presence of an alluring, enigmatic woman. But he remains
driven by his passion for truth, especially once the killings threaten to take
down the Emperor himself.
Inspired by Song Cí, considered to be the founding father of
CSI-style forensic science, this harrowing novel set during the
thirteenth century Tsong Dynasty draws readers into a multilayered, ingenious
plot as disturbing as it is fascinating.
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