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cezar_thescribe @ 10:39 pm: The Poe Shadow.

The Poe Shadow by Matthew Pearl


The Poe Shadow

The Barnes & Noble Review
On the heels of his bestselling debut novel, The Dante Club, Matthew Pearl returns with an addictively page-turning historical thriller that revolves around the bizarre events surrounding the death of Edgar Allan Poe in Baltimore in 1849.

When Quentin Hobson Clark, an idealistic attorney and avid Poe fan, discovers that his favorite writer -- "our nation's literary savior" -- has mysteriously died at the age of 40 and has been unceremoniously buried, he vows to restore Poe's tarnished reputation and somehow shed light on the five days during which the author went missing on his way from Virginia to Philadelphia, ultimately turning up "cracked" in Baltimore and dying shortly thereafter. Clark soon becomes obsessed with his quest, and putting his job and his engagement in jeopardy, he travels to France in search of the real-life model for Poe's eccentric but brilliant detective, Auguste Dupin. After an extensive search throughout Paris, Clark enlists a troubled French analyst named Auguste Duponte to help solve the mystery of Poe's final days. But when others become involved in the investigation and it turns deadly, Clark realizes that he's uncovered something much more nefarious…

Genre fans who enjoy reading historical mysteries surrounding the life and death of the enigmatic master of the macabre himself (Andrew Taylor's An Unpardonable Crime, Harold Schechter's The Tell-Tale Corpse and The Mask of the Red Death, et al.) will thoroughly enjoy Pearl's The Poe Shadow -- a richly described, intricately woven, and obviously meticulously researched literary mystery that readers will remember, well, for evermore. Highly recommended. Paul Goat Allen
"Baltimore, 1849. The body of Edgar Allan Poe has been buried in an unmarked grave. The public, the press, and even Poe's family and friends accept the conclusion that Poe was a second-rate writer who met a disgraceful end as a drunkard. Everyone, in fact, seems to believe this except a young Baltimore lawyer named Quentin Clark, an ardent admirer who puts his own career and reputation at risk in a crusade to salvage Poe's." "As Quentin explores the puzzling circumstances of Poe's demise, he discovers that the writer's last days are riddled with unanswered questions the police are ignoring. Just when Poe's death seems destined to remain a mystery, inspiration strikes Quentin - in the form of Poe's own stories. The young attorney realizes that he must find the one person who can solve the strange case of Poe's death: the real-life model for Poe's brilliant fictional detective character, C. Auguste Dupin, the hero of ingenious tales of crime and detection." Quentin soon finds himself enmeshed in sinister machinations involving international political agents, a female assassin, the corrupt Baltimore slave trade, and the lost secrets of Poe's final hours. In order to unchain his imperiled fate from Poe's, Quentin must himself turn master investigator.

This should be a great book. Matthew Pearl is an up and coming writer.
You should also check out his other book "The Dante Club."

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