New York Times best-selling author Matthew Pearl is hailed by Angels & Demons novelist Dan Brown as "the new shining star of literary fiction." In this intricately crafted thriller, most people in 1849 Baltimore believe Edgar Allan Poe drank himself to death. But attorney Quentin Clark is determined to restore Poe's reputation, and he knows Poe's fictional detective, Auguste Dupin, was based on a real man. Putting everything on the line, Clark travels to France to track down the sleuth who can determine the true cause of Poe's death. "Pearl masterfully combines fact with fiction and presents some genuinely new historical clues that help reconstruct Poe's final days."-Publishers Weekly
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"There's a mystery surrounding Edgar Allan Poe's death. Quentin Clark, lawyer and Poe devotee, risks his legal practice and his engagement to solve it, hoping to reverse the author's reputation for drinking and debauching. Clark discovers that C. Auguste Dupin, Poe's detective creation, is modeled after a real person, so he's off to Paris to find him. Erik Singer's understated performance resonates with credibility. Villains are thwarted and the truth uncovered using ratiocination, and Singer makes the first-person account completely plausible. He reads Matthew Pearl's blend of history and fiction with assurance. His phrasing and pronunciation reflect an excellent grasp of period diction, and his accents--American, British, and French--ring true. S.J.H. (c) AudioFile 2006, Portland, Maine"
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