September Book Discussion Group - The Poe Shadow
Baltimore, 1849. The body of Edgar Allan Poe has been buried in an unmarked grave. Quentin Clark is a young lawyer and ardent admirer of Poe's who puts his own career and reputation at risk in a crusade to find out the truth behind the writer's death. After discovering that accounts of Poe's last days are riddled with unanswered questions the police are ignoring, Quentin finds himself enmeshed in sinister machinations involving international political agents, a female assassin, and the corrupt Baltimore slave trade. In order to unchain his now imperiled fate from Poe's, Quentin must turn master investigator.
Following his phenomenal debut, "The Dante Club," Matthew Pearl has again created a beautifully detailed, ingeniously plotted tale of suspense. A New York Times Bestseller.
“Breathes fresh life into the genre... Beneath the cloak of this well-paced detective story and its understated wit, however, is a scholarly piece of work, a meticulously researched and detailed discussion of the events surrounding Poe's death.” The Washington Post Book World
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