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The Dante Club by Matthew Pearl
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Dec 04, 07

it was ok
bookshelves: mystery-and-suspense
Read in November, 2004

this is a mystery. good mysteries leave clues that the reader may or may not pick up on. but the clues lead logically to the killer. this is not a good mystery. the investigation takes wild jumps from one clue to the next. and such clues don't narrow down who the likely culprit is. the main characters are historical figures: longfellow, james lowell, oliver wendall holmes sr. they have formed a club to help longfellow translate dante's divine comedy. though some in the city believe his work to be that of the devil and want to keep it from the hands of the impressionable. their project takes on a more serious and urgent tone when the serial killer roaming the streets of boston seems to be using dante's work as a source. is this killer dante's guardian? will the dante club be able to translate the text? will they catch the killer? does this sound interesting at all? no. worst concept ever.
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Ashley I partially disagree; I think it's a great concept, but poorly executed.

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