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The Dante Club by Matthew Pearl

The Dante Club (2003)

by Matthew Pearl

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  middlemarchhare | Nov 25, 2015 |
A cute, somewhat educational book about police (only a few years after they formally existed) hunting a serial killer (30 years before the first documented existence of one). Despite an historic fiction backdrop, completely formulaic from start to end. ( )
  Victor_A_Davis | Sep 18, 2015 |
This was a very gripping reading. In mid 19th century some scholars and writers of poems were at the task to translate Dante's [25918::Inferno]. At the same time horrible murder cases started in Boston and the police was in the dark. In the end the police wasn't anymore interested to find the true murderer only Nicholas Rey the first African-American policeman didn't let go of these cases. By and by the Dante Club recognise that this cases were related with their translation. Time is running. Everybody seemed a step behind the murderer and more friends and acquaintances looked to be in danger or were victims. ( )
  Ameise1 | Aug 13, 2015 |
[CEDUTO] Una 'pizza' per il cinema, data la caratterizzazione dei personaggi, nonche' il loro numero e le digressioni cosi' inutili. Libro che anche sotto l'ombrellone è noioso. Finito solo per sapere chi era il colpevole, molte pagine sono saltabili senza nulla togliere al pathos. Una versione da 8 pagine, se esistesse, sarebbe di gran lunga sufficente. ( )
  bobparr | Dec 14, 2014 |
I suspect people who normally like criminal mystery will hate this one. I usually find that genre dull (with a few exceptions, Conan Doyle the foremost) but this book was interesting. It is more historical fiction than mystery, and more education than light reading.

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  pan0ramix | Nov 27, 2014 |
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John Kurtz, the chief of the Boston police, breathed in some of his heft for a better fit between the two chambermaids.
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Boston, 1865. A series of murders, all of them inspired by scenes in Dante’s Inferno. Only an elite group of America’s first Dante scholars—Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Oliver Wendell Holmes, James Russell Lowell, and J. T. Fields—can solve the mystery. With the police baffled, more lives endangered, and Dante’s literary future at stake, the Dante Club must shed its sheltered literary existence and find the killer.

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In 1865 Boston, an elite group of American Dante scholars, including Oliver Wendell Holmes and Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, is called upon to solve a series of murders inspired by scenes in Dante's "Inferno."

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