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Publisher Description

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

An ingenious tale of murder and revenge at West Point, featuring a retired detective and a young cadet named Edgar Allan Poe--from the author of Courting Mr. Lincoln.

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.

Mysteries & Thrillers
October 13
HarperCollins e-books

Customer Reviews

Emmet Aloysius ,

Great Book

First book I have read by Bayard and thoroughly enjoyable historical fiction...EAF

Kathy 52 ,

The Pale Blue Eye

I have never written a review before, but I feel compelled to for this book. I have always been a fan of Poe's and now a fan of yours. I was excited to read this and you did not fail.
I never guessed as they say "who did it" and I usually do,I live in the Hudson Valley region although a little south of West Point. The premise on the story line was so intriguing and you delivered
Mr. Bayard. The atmosphere, the horror, the characters, the settings, the mystery all could have been Poe himself.
Your writing technique was and is pure joy. It is so well written, your prose and the twists and turns you employed was utterly satisfying. I am anxious to read your other works and will be starting on them. Thank you.

T-dice ,

Loved it!

Great historical fiction about Edgar A. Poe. Lots of twists and turns.

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