NEVERMORE by Harold Schechter 1439183031 9781439183038
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Historical fact and startling literary invention converge in this stunning novel by Americas principal chronicler of its greatest psychopathic killers(The Boston Book Review).Praised by Caleb Carr for his brilliantly detailed and above all riveting true-crime writing, Harold Schechter brings his expertise to a marvelous work of fiction in the tradition of Carrs ownThe Alienist.Superbly rendering the 1830s Baltimore of Edgar Allan Poe, Schechter taps into the dark genius of that legendary author -- and follows a labyrinthine path into the heart of a most heinous crime.He is an aspiring writer, plagued by dreadful ruminations -- a man whose troubled nights are haunted by dreams of his angelic cousin Virginia. He is Edgar Allan Poe, a literary critic known for his uncompromising standards and scathing pen. His recently published attack on the autobiography of Colonel David Crockett, U.S. congressman and celebrated American hero, has brought the indignant frontiersman -- unexpected, uninvited -- to the chamber door of Poes private sanctum. Neither man is prepared for where this fateful meeting will take them: on a quest for a killer through the citys highest and lowest streets and byways.In a modest boarding house, an elderly widow of sad circumstance has been found murdered by an unknown assailant. On the wall above her bed, scrawled in the victims blood, is a single, cryptic word. But the meaning of the chilling clue is merely one piece in a complex puzzle that ensnares the writer and the politician in a twisted and deadly game. For the ghastly crimes, each more bizarre than the last, have only just begun.Combining the phantasmagoric voice of Poes legendary tales with an historians exactness, Harold Schechter hovers between fact and fiction, horror and passion, destiny and doom, while conjuring historical detail with uncanny precision. Published to coincide with the 150th anniversary of Poes death,Nevermoreis both a tour de force of narrative suspense and a dazzling secret history of one of American literatures unique and enduring figures.

Author: Harold Schechter

Language: English

Edition: Reprint

Binding: Paperback

Pages: 336

Publisher: Atria Books

Publication Date: 2009-08-17

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