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Description - The Poe Shadow by Matthew Pearl

Baltimore, 1849. The body of Edgar Allan Poe has been buried in an unmarked grave. The conclusion that Poe was a second-rate writer who died a drunkard is accepted by all. But none of this deters Quentin Clark, an ardent admirer who risks his own career and reputation in a passionate crusade to salvage Poe s. Clark discovers that Poe s last days are riddled with vital unanswered questions. But just when Poe s death looks destined to remain a mystery, Quentin seeks out the one person who can solve this strange case- the real-life model for Poe s brilliant fictional detective character, C. Auguste Dupin. Having successfully recruited the man he believes to have inspired Poe s Dupin, Clarke is confronted by another claiming to be the true model. The two master detectives each seek to prove he is the real Dupin by solving the mystery of Poe s death. Clark 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. With his own future hanging in the balance, he must turn master investigator himself to unchain his now imperilled fate from that of Poe.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780099478225
ISBN-10: 0099478226
Format: Paperback
(197mm x 130mm x 23mm)
Pages: 384
Imprint: Vintage
Publisher: Vintage Publishing
Publish Date: 1-Jan-2007
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Matthew Pearl

Matthew Pearl is the internationally bestselling author of The Dante Club, which has been published in more than thirty languages and forty countries. Pearl is a graduate of Harvard University and Yale Law School and has taught literature at Harvard and at Emerson College. He lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

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