Speakers of the Dead by J. Aaron Sanders. Published by Plume

Reporter Walt Whitman has made a promise to exonerate a dead woman. Arriving in New York City in 1843, he attempts to save his friend, Lena Stowe who is to be executed for killing her husband Abraham. The sheriff refuses to listen to the evidence Walt has and Lena is hung. Now, with the help of lover, Henry Saunders, Walt will not traverse the dangerous underworld of the Resurrection Men. Providing New York’s medical colleges with dead bodies is a lucrative business, and Walt uncovers information that Abraham was working on legislation that would make the process illegal, thus sealing his and Lena’s fate. A rip roaring adventure into the seedy world of body snatching with one of literature’s greatest heroes in the role of detective. Meticulously researched and beautifully written

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