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The Poe Shadow by Matthew Pearl
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The Poe Shadow

by Matthew Pearl

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In 1849 Baltimore, following the death of Edgar Allan Poe, Quentin Clark discovers that Poe's final days had been marked by a series of bizarre, unanswered questions and launches his own investigation to resolve the mystery of Poe's death.
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Like all of the author's books, it takes a bit to get into and like all of his books there is a subtle but clear attempt to mimic the subject's (in this case Poe's) style. And that both helps and hurts the flow somewhat. It also feels like the actually plot takes more second place to everything else. It isn't bad but it wasn't all that enjoyable either. ( )
  Skybalon | Mar 19, 2020 |
Actually did not finish it...it was that awful...goodreads need a "too horrid to bother finishing" choice...
  jslantz1948 | Sep 15, 2018 |
Actually did not finish it...it was that awful...goodreads need a "too horrid to bother finishing" choice...
  jslantz1948 | Sep 15, 2018 |
I found this an interesting read because it deals with the solving the true mystery surrounding the death of Edgar Allen Poe. The author has researched what is known, and what was known at the time, and woven these facts into his fictional story of Quentin Clark, a man obsessed with discovering the truth even as it puts his career, engagement and life in danger. It is, however, an action-based mystery with all the usual plot twists and coincidences that I find a bit tedious...or at times, overwhelming. ( )
  LynnB | Aug 11, 2017 |
Premise is great, prose is awful! ( )
  winterslights | Jun 12, 2016 |
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