The Reincarnationist Papers

Blackstone. May 2021. 432p. ISBN 9781094154954. pap. $15.99. THRILLER
DEBUT Evan Michaels, a professional arsonist, is haunted by his past. When a job (burning down a warehouse) goes sideways, he is saved by a mysterious woman named Poppy, who takes him into her makeshift church, hides him from the authorities, cleans up his injuries, and suggests that he is a member of a secret society, a select group of people who can reincarnate. Poppy is confident that Evan can be inducted immediately. During this time, he meets other reincarnationists, who have lived for hundreds of years and continue to cross paths and live complicated, wealthy, morally questionable lives. Maikranz’s debut presents an epic vision of history, ultimate double-crosses, and a vision of morality where death and loss are merely setbacks in the search for wealth, acclaim, and a life without regret. His thrilling and haunting novel questions the point of religion, morality, and friendship when one can live for many lifetimes.
VERDICT Already slated to be a motion picture, this is a fascinating and fast-paced story that will keep readers engaged until the very end.
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