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Through the eyes of a Balti lawyer named Quentin Clark Pearl opens a new window on the truth behind Poe’s demise literary history’s most persistent enigma“I present to you the truth about this man’s death and my life”Balti 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 Balti lawyer named Quentin Clark an ardent admirer who puts his own career and reputation at risk in a passionate crusade to salvage Poe’sAs 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 detectionIn short order Quentin finds himself enmeshed in sinister machinations involving political agents a female assassin the corrupt Balti 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’sFollowing 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 himself


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    Matthew Pearl's The Poe Shadow is the first book I've read in a while that I did not like at all The premise is interesting a contemporary of Edgar Allen Poe attempts to discover what happened in the final days before the poet's death Pearl had written the moderately entertaining The Dante Club prior to this and I had expected to see the improvement that often comes with an author's sopho effort Instead Pearl only manages to serve up a snooze festTo begin with Quentin Clark is the most unsympathetic and annoying protagonist I have ever encountered He throws away his job and his fiance at the merest whisper of a conspiracy He's obsessed with Poe beyond all rational thought After abandoning his fiance for over a year and a half he's stunned to discover she's been betrothed to someone else He creates adversaries where there are none By the time the book ended I was than ready to be done with him and never hear from him againThe other characters do not fare much better Their motives are cloudy at best I could never quite understand why people were behaving as they were Everyone was dramatic and over the top and I couldn't identify anyone that I even likedThe mystery itself doesn't propel itself forward very well and there's simply too much muddled stuff in between Poe's death and the final resolution of what happened to him Although I appreciate the historical analysis of which the author did much it's not presented in an interesting wayIf you're a diehard Poe fan you might enjoy this take on the poet's life and death Otherwise I can't think of a reason I'd recommend this book to anyone