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The Poe Shadow

The Poe Shadow

The Poe Shadow

The Poe Shadow

by Pearl, Matthew

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New York: Random House, 2006. First Edition. Hardcover. A fine copy in fine dustjacket. ; Octavo.

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"I present to you . . . the truth about this man's death and my life."Baltimore, 1849. The body of Edgar Allan Poe has been buried in an unmarked grave. The public, the press, and even Poe's own 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 passionate 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 possibly willfully ignoring. Just when Poe's death seems destined to remain a mystery, and forever sealing his ignominy, 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.In short order, Quentin finds himself enmeshed in sinister machinations involving political agents, a female assassin, the corrupt Baltimore slave trade, and the lost secrets of Poe's final hours. With his own future hanging in the balance, Quentin Clark must turn master investigator himself to unchain his now imperiled fate from that of Poe's.Following his phenomenal debut novel, The Dante Club, Matthew Pearl has once again crossed pitch-perfect literary history with innovative mystery to create a beautifully detailed, ingeniously plotted tale of suspense. Pearl's groundbreaking research--featuring documented material never published before--opens a new window on the truth behind Poe's demise, literary history's most persistent enigma. The resulting novel is a publishing event that, through sublime craftsmanship, subtle wit, and devious twists, does honor to Poe himselfFrom the Hardcover edition.

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Bookseller
Parigi Books, Vintage and Rare US (US)
Bookseller's Inventory #
16914
Title
The Poe Shadow
Author
Pearl, Matthew
Format/Binding
Hardcover
Book Condition
Used
Quantity Available
1
Edition
First Edition
ISBN 10
1400061032
ISBN 13
9781400061037
Publisher
Random House
Place of Publication
New York
Date Published
2006
Keywords
Mystery, EDGAR ALLAN POE
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Mysteries and Thrillers;

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