When the body of a suicide victim disappears at West Point Military Academy in 1831, only to be discovered hours later missing its heart, the Academy calls on retired detective Gus Landor to investigate. Landor is something of a legend among his peers, noted for an uncanny, Holmesian ability to read people. When Edgar Allan Poe, a new cadet, comes forth with his own cryptic conclusion--that the man Landor is looking for is a poet--Landor is intrigued and enlists Poe as his assistant. Working together, Landor and Poe narrow down the suspects, all the while dealing with their own personal demons.
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Louis Bayard is a critically acclaimed novelist, reviewer, and journalist who has written for the New York Times, Washington Post, Salon.com, Ms., Nerve.com, and the Washington, D.C., City Paper. He is the author of The Pale Blue Eye and of Mr. Timothy, a New York Times Notable Book and one of People magazine's ten best books of 2003. He lives in Washington, D.C., with his partner and two sons.
Charles Leggett is based in Seattle where he works onstage at Seattle Repertory Theatre, Seattle Children's Theatre, ACT, Seattle Shakespeare Company, Portland Center Stage, The Empty Space, and Book-It Repertory Company, among many others. Charles' voice work is also featured in the video games Dungeon Siege I and II, and in Hoyle's Casino Empire.Review:
“Shockingly clever and devoutly unsentimental...reads like a lost classic. Bayard reinvigorates historical fiction.” (New York Times Book Review)
“Another literary tour de force....At novel’s end, the reader may want to start again from the beginning.” (Kirkus Reviews (Starred))
“(A) tour-de-force...intense and gripping ...(a) beautifully crafted thriller ” (Publishers Weekly (starred review))
“Ingenious...with a rich knowledge of Poe’s life and work.” (Entertainment Weekly)
“Seemlessly blends Poe into an engrossing whodunit worthy of its inspiration. ” (USA Today)
“Exquisitely rendered character study, imaginatively Gothic, compelling.” (Miami Herald)
“Gracefully written...Bayard’s prose flows like silk, weightless but enveloping, and never shows its seams. (Salon.com)
“Bayard has produced a nuanced, wonderfully written tale, one worthy of the old master himself.” (Baltimore Sun)
“An uncanny and original portrait. Captures the imagination with exquisite details and a compelling, disquieting story.” (Denver Rocky Mountain News)
“Gruesomely entertaining.” (New York Times)
“Full of delightfully unexpected twists that continue to the very last pages of the novel.” (Denver Post)
“Brilliantly plotted and completely absorbing, ending with the kind of shock that few novelists are able to deliver.” (Sunday Times (London))
“What makes this more than a well-crafted thriller...is Bayard’s gift for language. He paints incredibly vivid pictures.” (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)
“Poe, an exacting critic...would have been impressed by Bayard’s intelligence and fluidity as a writer.” (Oregonian)
“A superb, lyrically written yarn. Deft and delicious.” (Providence Journal)
“Well-wrought and suspenseful.“ (Buffalo News)
“Finely executed prose...An exquisitely rendered character study, imaginatively gothic, compelling.” (Memphis Commercial Appeal)
“Skillful...lyrical...Moves methodically to the suspects, the motives, and the clues that twist and turn like the Hudson itself.” (Library Journal)
“Worthy of...high praise.” (Bookreporter.com)
“This book has it all--prose, plot and a terrifying conclusion...it will have you guessing to the very end.” (Hamilton Spectator (Canada))
“A rich and finely wrought psychological study that is a fitting tribute to Poe himself.” (The Straits Times (Singapore))
“Recommended. This novel is moody and rich in historic detail.” (Tucson Citizen)
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