Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “The Poe Consequence” as Want to Read:
The Poe Consequence
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

Read Book

The Poe Consequence

4.13  ·  Rating Details ·  31 Ratings  ·  20 Reviews
In a section of Los Angeles near Dodger Stadium, two rival gangs rule the streets. For the Alvarado Street Diablos, it’s been a year since the murder of one of their closest members at the hands of their sworn enemy, the North Rampart Lobos. A drive-by killing in his honor is planned, but things go wrong and an innocent bystander is the victim. Several hours later the one ...more
Paperback, Latest Edition, 368 pages
Published November 28th 2014 by LitFire Publishing (first published March 6th 2012)
More Details... edit details

Win a Copy of This Book

  • The Poe Consequence by Keith Steinbaum
    The Poe Consequence
    Release date: Nov 25, 2014
    Enter for a chance to win a soft cover copy of Keith Steinbaum's THE POE CONSEQUENCE, winner of's Supernatural Thriller Book of ...more

    Giveaway ends in: a

    Availability: 5 copies available, 335 people requesting

    Giveaway dates: Nov 25 - Dec 27, 2016

    Countries available: US and CA

    Format: Print Book

    read on goodreads
  • Friend Reviews

    To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

    Reader Q&A

    To ask other readers questions about The Poe Consequence, please sign up.

    Be the first to ask a question about The Poe Consequence

    This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Add this book to your favorite list »

    Community Reviews

    (showing 1-30)
    filter  |  sort: default (?)  |  Rating Details
    Jul 07, 2015 Autumn rated it it was amazing
    Shelves: 2015, pbwkendread
    I received this book to give an honest review.

    First let me say yes there is references to Edgar Allen Poe but you do not have to fully understand Poe's way of writing to read this story. Two brothers start this book off Kevin and Warren. Warren is very much into Poe and into psychics which I think is pretty amazing when he gets a reading he doesn't want to hear it all the way through which can be expected especially when it says he will be dying. When the unthinkable happens Warren's son Seth is
    The Haunted Reading Room {Cthulhu Down the Chimney Tonight}
    Review: THE POE CONSEQUENCE by Keith Steinbaum

    THE POE CONSEQUENCE is very, very good. No, that's an understatement: the talent with which author Keith Steinbaum creates and maintains multiple levels of meaning, juggling a vast cast of characters, and reaching into the inner recesses of each of these characters, is awe-inspiring! For each character, I felt as if I lived inside that individual, comprehending the character's motivations and understanding the thoughts. Then there is the incredible f
    Aug 22, 2015 Laura rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
    Shelves: blog-review
    “The Poe Consequence” is a paranormal thriller set in present day Los Angeles, California. The story centers around an 11 year old boy named Seth Palmer, his father, Warren Palmer, and his uncle, Kevin Palmer.

    (view spoiler)
    Rich Stoehr
    Mar 28, 2014 Rich Stoehr rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    Los Angeles gangbangers, vengeful spirits...and Edgar Allen Poe? That couldn't possibly work...could it? As it turns out, it does - and pretty well overall.

    When I first read the idea behind The Poe Consequence - a story that blends inner-city gang violence with Poe-inspired vengeance - I pretty much knew I'd have to read it, if only to see how wrong it could go. Imagine my surprise when it turned out to be a book that, while not perfect, mostly overcame the early threat of stereotype and told a
    Dec 31, 2015 Zarah rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
    Shelves: a2r-done
    This was an interesting book. It held my attention. I thought the writing was perfectly passable and I only noticed a few editing mistakes (mostly missing spaces, oddly). So, a solid middle of the road read.

    However, it did feel very much like an indie book, if you know what I mean. If you read a lot of indies you probably do and if you don't I'm not sure how to explain it to you. They often have a certain feel to them. The stories often have a certain blunt, straightforwardness. Not necessarily
    May 24, 2015 Jneener rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    A gritty, well researched, well written book by a good friend of mine.
    Mar 22, 2014 Michele rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    This is definitely a book you will not want to put down! It combines the supernatural with everyday events. At least the everyday events in the lives of ruthless gangs determined to kill each other off. And the lives of those who get caught up in between. I can totally understand why it won an award as a Supernatural Thriller Book of the Year.

    Warren, a teacher, had just lost his wife and was attempting to get his young son and himself through it. He decides to go see a psychic in New Orleans who
    Darcia Helle
    Taking on Poe is a tough challenge, but Keith Steinbaum handles it well. The subject is dark, as we look at death and inner city gangs. But we're also given glimmers of hope and redemption, which keeps this story from veering into unbearable despair.

    A familiarity with Poe's writing is not required in order to enjoy this book. The character's focus here is on a few of Poe's most popular works, with specific bits woven continuously throughout the story. Someone unfamiliar with Poe might overlook
    Jul 06, 2015 Melody rated it really liked it
    The Poe Consequence is based around the Palmer family – 11 year old Seth whose mother has recently died, his dad Warren and his uncle Kevin. The story starts with Warren visiting a Psychic and you feel the foreboding. Shortly after Warren is killed the gang members start having heart attacks, somehow their hearts become frozen. The gangs and the police are trying to figure out what is happening. And the story takes you along for a ride.

    If you have read any Poe – you will feel the parallels in th
    Trish Meade
    Mar 20, 2015 Trish Meade rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    Hi Bookies! This book was selected for my Book Club, because 1. Our member knew the author & 2. She thought it would be fun to have him come to the next meeting to hear our reviews.

    When I first started to read the book I thought, "Okay, just what I want to read... a book about gang members!" My second thought was, "Get over your Lilly white self and start reading." After all I didn't want to let the Book Club down! It didn't take long before I was totally drawn into the story and the mystery
    Jun 22, 2015 Cyndi rated it really liked it
    Warren and his son Seth stop at a convenience store after a baseball game so Warren can get something to help his pounding headache. In the parking lot, they are attacked by one gang, while another gang is plotting their revenge against this gang. They get caught in a drive by shooting and Warren dies trying to save his son. This event starts strange killings within both gangs. Every time one of these gang members kills another gang member, they end up suffering a very unique death that no one ...more
    Melissa ownsbey
    Jun 20, 2015 Melissa ownsbey rated it it was amazing
    very good it a dark feel to it it was a great paranormal thiller
    killing ghosts revengnge horror very enterttaining
    very enterresting book
    was hooked on it from the begining to the end
    thanks for letting me review
    Eunice Fuller
    Jun 08, 2015 Eunice Fuller rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    It was very good. I liked the real life stuff mixed with paranormal. 2 rival gangs and trying to save lives. Good job
    Rae Sontheyon
    Jul 20, 2015 Rae Sontheyon rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    Rival Gangs and Ghouls Set On Revenge Create Great POEtic Thriller! . . .

    Seriously this story blew my mind! The story is amazingly complex and highly narrative bringing to life the gang war torn inner city streets of L.A. The book does have explicit language and scenes, but most is needed for realism. Steinbaum's plot is like a puzzle with each character and their back story each are an important detailed piece, which when it's all done a reader can see how everything had been all connected from
    Sarah Briggs
    Mar 28, 2016 Sarah Briggs rated it really liked it
    (I received a free copy of this book in exchange for a review).

    (This review may contain spoilers).

    Even though I only know a bit about Edgar Allen Poe's poems, I was immediately struck by the blurb of this book. I thought it sounded particularly intriguing and although I was a little confused by the constant switching between POV characters (I forgot whose past I knew and whose I didn't between Face and King, for instance), I did find it really easy to empathise with a lot of the characters.

    I tho
    Mar 17, 2016 Katya rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    Shelves: books-to-review
    The author mailed me the ebook version in exchange for an honest review

    The plot:
    There are two rival gangs in LA, and suddenly the members of just these two gangs start to die under mysterious circumstances. For every person they kill, one of their members has to die. And nobody knows how to catch the killer, because he doesn't leave any traces behind or has any motive to do what he does, or so it seems.

    Things I liked:
    - the story. Really unusual for me, since I'm not a fan of scary/mystical book
    Brenda Ayala
    Jul 15, 2015 Brenda Ayala rated it really liked it
    Shelves: bostick
    The Poe Consequence is a delicious combination of fantasy and gritty realism. I studied gangs a bit in college since I was getting a degree in the social sciences, and one of the classes I took was actually called Gangs in Society.

    So this right here, an emphasis on Edgar Allen Poe mixed with gang culture, was an unusual pairing that totally worked. The characters seemed realistic and weren't just two dimensional stereotypes. I loved that Veronica was a girl from the wrong side of the tracks who
    Charissa Wilkinson
    Jul 09, 2015 Charissa Wilkinson rated it really liked it
    I received this book for a fair review.

    Overview: Two gangs in Los Angeles have gained a mutual enemy right after a fateful drive by shooting at a convenience store. Now members of both gangs are dying of frozen hearts. The reason might just surprise them. Oh sure, it’ll be way too late by then.

    Likes: Redemption plays a large role in this story. Every one seems to have a redeeming arc.

    Carl Atkinson shows the distance the police can take to find the answers. He is a perfect example of a good cop.
    Cristina Isabel
    Jun 28, 2016 Cristina Isabel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    What I loved most about this story is that there is a moral to it. Something I really didn’t expect while I was reading. Certain characters that you encounter, you come to find, are struggling with a personal battle whether it’s guilt, shame, anger, etc. What I find to be beautifully rewarding is that each of them come to terms with their personal battle and they let it go. Some people have to pay dearly for their mistakes, but the ones in the book that truly want to be freed from their past ...more
    Jul 04, 2016 Kim rated it really liked it
    Shelves: own, giveaway
    I received this book in a giveaway I entered. My hope is to continue to try different genres and authors to broaden my spectrum. This book was just that for me. I am a fan of novels that make you think or have acts of redemption. The Palmer family experiences a great deal of turmoil as a result of violence. This story will take you through the year following that time to understand that "Heaven on Earth" can exist. The writing style is simple and genuine. It was a good read that reminds of my ...more
    Strider Jones
    Strider Jones rated it it was amazing
    Jul 11, 2015
    KiwiGirl rated it really liked it
    Nov 17, 2016
    George R.
    George R. rated it it was ok
    Jan 01, 2016
    LitFire Publishing
    LitFire Publishing rated it it was amazing
    Feb 04, 2015
    Brian Hartz
    Brian Hartz rated it really liked it
    Nov 19, 2012
    Devin Geist
    Devin Geist rated it it was ok
    Aug 23, 2016
    Scott Roberts
    Scott Roberts rated it it was amazing
    Jul 04, 2015
    Trish Meade
    Trish Meade rated it it was amazing
    Mar 20, 2015
    frank gibbon
    frank gibbon rated it it was amazing
    Dec 18, 2015
    Ruthann Breitenfeld
    Ruthann Breitenfeld rated it really liked it
    Sep 11, 2016
    « previous 1 next »
    There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »
    • Spiral X (The Eternal War, #1)
    • Faulkner's Apprentice
    • Witches Protection Program
    • Listening to Killers: Lessons Learned from My Twenty Years as a Psychological Expert Witness in Murder Cases
    • Igniting the American Revolution: 1773-1775
    • Flashy Fiction and Other Insane Tales (Bundle Vol 1 & 2)
    • South Phoenix Rules
    • 67 Shots: Kent State and the End of American Innocence
    • The Games We Play
    • Creatus Rogue (Creatus, #2)
    • Disintegration: A Windy City Dark Mystery
    • Repeat Offender: Sin City's Most Prolific Criminal and the Cop Who Caught Him
    • The Shelter
    • Crashing Eden
    • Collecting the Dead (Special Tracking Unit #1)
    • Thalo Blue
    • Devil's Eye (Mirus, #1.2)
    • Caraliza
    As a professional lyricist, Keith Steinbaum co-wrote songs that have been heard throughout the world. His poetry has been published in various anthologies, including Poetic Voices of America, Ten Years of Excellence, Tomorrow Never Knows, and Meditations.

    The Poe Consequence is Steinbaum's first novel, and it was awarded 'Supernatural Thriller Book of the Year' by the literary website, Books-and-Au
    More about Keith Steinbaum...

    Share This Book

    “He didn’t like the idea of leaving unfinished business behind. He had wanted definite answers about the heart attacks to be able to turn the page on who or what caused so many of his brothers to die.” 3 likes
    “He tried to get drunk, “to forget about life for awhile,” as that old
    Billy Joel song once said, but the scotch couldn't anesthetize his pain
    and provide a retreat from the reality of his latest failures.”
    More quotes…