Joe Connelly

"Bringing Out The Dead"

By Joe Connelly

Published October 5, 2000 7:00AM (EDT)

For nearly a decade, Joe Conelly rushed from emergency to emergency as a paramedic in the Hell's Kitchen area of New York City. He wrote Bringing Out The Dead "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" (

With the furious energy of an ambulance run, Bringing Out The Dead follows Frank through two days and nights, into the excitement and dread of the calls and the mad humor that keeps the medics afloat. Join him as he faces his newest ghost: the resurrected patient, whose demands to be released into death might be the most sensible thing Frank has heard in months, if only he would listen.

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