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The Pale Blue Eye


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. The next morning, an even greater horror comes to light. Someone has removed the dead man's heart. Augustus Landor—who acquired some renown in his years as a New York City police detective—is called in to discreetly investigate. It's a baffling case Landor must pursue in secret, for the scandal could do irreparable damage to the fledgling institution. But he finds help from an unexpected ally—a moody, young cadet with a penchant for drink, two volumes of poetry to his name, and a murky past that changes from telling to telling. The strange and haunted Southern poet for whom Landor develops a fatherly affection, is named Edgar Allan Poe.

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The Pale Blue Eye
HarperCollins Publishers (June 2007), ISBN-13: 9780060733988




Praise


"Another tour-de-force, an intense and gripping novel....This beautifully crafted thriller stands head and shoulders above other recent efforts to fictionalize Poe."
   —Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"Shockingly clever and devoutly unsentimental...reads like a lost classic. Bayard reinvigorates historical fiction."
   —New York Times Book Review

"Brilliantly plotted and completely absorbing, ending with the kind of shock that few novelists are able to deliver."
   —Sunday Times (London)

"Seamlessly blends Poe into an engrossing whodunit worthy of its inspiration.""
   —USA Today


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