The Pale Blue Eye
From the critically acclaimed author of Mr. Timothy comes an ingenious tale of murder and revenge, featuring a retired New York City detective and a young cadet named Edgar Allan Poe.
At West Point Academy in 1830, the calm of an October evening is shattered by the discovery of a young cadet's body swinging from a rope just off the parade grounds. An apparent suicide is not...more
Augustus Landor, retired New York constable, recounts his involvement in a murder investigation that takes place at West Point in 1830. Guest starring Edgar Allan Poe. I thoroughly enjoyed the first 387 pages of this novel. It's a nice little mystery with a hint of the supernatural and lots of cold West Point atmosphere. Bayard is an engaging writer. His prose is clear a...more
When it's done well, though, who cares how many of them there are? And Louis Bayard does it well. Fresh off his fine "Mr. Timothy," his look at Dickens' Tiny Tim as an adult (OK, so Tiny Tim wasn’t historical, but you get the idea), Bayard threw Edgar Allan Poe into a novel. No, he’s not the first (or last) to do this, but "The Pale Blue Eye,"...more
To be honest, initially, the early 19th century, Poe-esque language was a bit cumbersome - but that is fault of me the reader, not the story itself. Once I became more comfortable navigating the verbiage, I came to appreciate the character and complexity of the writing. In the end, the style a...more
Bayard writes using language and sentence structure appropriate for the time setting of this novel (1830), so his prose is more ‘flowery’ than the norm today and loaded with metaphors (“to find the snowflakes still spilling like hoarded coins from the sky’s cloud-purses” as example of both)....more
The chief investigator of this mystery/detective novel enlists one Cadet Edgar Allen Poe to ass...more
That said, I'm a big fan of a good mystery that really puzzles and gets you pondering. I've also always been a good fan of Poe and the themes and tones in...more
Louis Bayard is not Umberto Eco, who i have liked a lot after reading The Name of the Rose. However, there is something in The Pale Blue Eye that makes you want to scratch your eye out Or maybe just pull your hair off (as this should be less painful). Surely this wasn't the MOST amazing detective story and I would have to agree with some who had reviewed...more
Well written - well that is a given, if you have read the other reviews.
An EXCELLENT mystery, right up there with the genre's best mysteries ever.
A great main character - I was genuinely intrigued by Augustus Landor. I liked him, I wanted to know more about him, and his characterisation was great.
I have to address the Poe aspect, of course. Funnily enough this was why I intially held back from reading the book. I expected the book to be very much...more
In brief, West Point cadet Edgar Allan Poe helps solve a murder mystery with a retired New York detective. Someone is killing cadets and removing their hearts. The author has done a good job in capturing Poe & his time period, as well as the language used.
But the ending left me cold. Don't get me wrong, I enjoy a "twist" ending very much....heck, that's why I watch Law & Order. And I don't read a lot of myste...more
On a fun side nig...more
I found this book hard to get into. I stuck t...more
Landor finds a strange ally in his investigation in the form of Cadet Poe, who ads an element that is everything one might associate with Poe. Instilling i...more
Great book. The switching between the narrators was fantastic, and their voices were so distinct - or, should I say, Poe's voice was so distinct. The author easily stepped into his florid, descriptive style. Sometimes, I could've sworn I was actually reading Poe.
The story was also nicely fast-paced and eventful - no long lags in the action that took work...more
A detective murder mystery that takes place at West Point in 1830, featuring a young cadet named Edgar Allan Poe who is tasked with secretly assisting a former NYC detective (who narrates) with solving a murder. An interesting concept, a fun ending, however many of the characters (specifically Poe) were fluffy and one-dimensional.
Set at West Point Academy during Poe's short stint there, the story tells of a retired NYC police detective who is called in to investigate the suspicious death of one of the cadets. The narrator enlists the assistance of a young cadet named Edgar Allan Poe, and in the process of solving the c...more