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The Pale Blue Eye by Louis Bayard
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Jun 05, 2009

it was amazing
Read in March, 2009

Louis Bayard is a consummate, critically acclaimed writer of literary historical novels - and The Pale Blue Eye adds to that high level of achievement by also being a murder mystery! PLUS - a young, very odd, very eccentric, and ultimately very likeable Edgar Allen Poe is one of the main characters. Set during Poe's 1-2 year "training" at a barely established West Point (c. 1830), Poe is commandeered to help a retired NYC detective (Augustus Landon) to infiltrate the close ranks of West Point cadets and find out the truth behind a horrifying "suicide" that turns into a bona fide murder. I could not put this book down until I finished it (although I did have to sleep one night) and the concussion of surprises and twists as it races toward the end really is a knockout. Bayard has outdone himself with this book (following an equal success with his previous book, Mr. Timothy, about the now-grown-up Tiny Tim.
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