In the wake of the X-Files movie comes a new hardback from a new author. Following their encounter with the aliens in Antarctica, Ben Mezrich’s page-turning new novel brings FBI agents Mulder and Scully into contact with a new menace – one that will make your skin crawl…
It’s a fairly common, if ghoulish, procedure: the ‘harvesting’ of skin from corpses for temporary use on emergency burn victims until their own grafts are ready. But when a team of moonlighting medical students accidentally takes skin from the wrong donor, the results are catastrophic: a New York City hospital ward is destroyed in a psychotic bloodbath, and an elderly professor, admitted for a routine skin graft, is suddenly the city’s most wanted fugitive.
Agents Fox Mulder and Dana Scully are the only ones to suspect something more ominous than a medical procedure gone awry. While the police hunt the fleeing professor, Mulder and Scully track the skin that was mistakenly grafted onto him. The trail leads from the morgue to the headquarters of a cutting-edge biotech company. Soon they are in Thailand, searching the jungles for an abandoned MASH Unit, where napalm victims were treated with an amazing recovery rate – even though none of the hundreds of men who were nursed back to health ever returned to their families.
Scully is looking for an experimental medical technology with disastrous side effects. Mulder suspects the stakes are even higher, a fear gruesomely confirmed as they begin to uncover an unholy and totally deniable alliance between a battle-trained plastic surgeon, international politicians, and a legendary Thai monster known as the ‘Skin-Eater’.
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Skin has an authentic X-Files feel to it--the right mixture of scientific plausibility and mystical overtones to keep both Scully and Mulder interested and on the trail. Skin taken from an unknown body found at the site of a road accident is grafted over the burns suffered by a mild-mannered professor who then goes berserk, killing a nurse. Mulder and Scully try to trace the source of the skin graft and uncover links with a biotech company called Fibrol International, whose deceased CEO, Emile Paladin, was in charge of a MASH unit in a village in Thailand during the Vietnam War. Travelling to the remote village, Mulder is intrigued to learn about a local cult worshipping a mythical monster, the Gin-Korng-Pew, or Skin Eater. Meanwhile, Scully follows more prosaic leads in search of Paladin's reclusive brother.
Mezrich's descriptions of medical procedures feel authentic and he keeps the story moving along at a good pace, with several dangerous moments for both Mulder and Scully and a significant body count amongst the witnesses. The mixture of FBI investigation, horror and the occult, with overtones of paranoia about the activities of the military, should appeal to X-Files fans, while others may enjoy it as an entertaining adventure. --Liz SourbutReview:
"Mezrich drives the story steadily forward... [and] satisfies all expectations of suspense, ghoulishness, and general creepiness any fan might have." Booklist"
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Book Description HARPERCOLLINS PUBLISHERS LTD, 1999. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 0002246392