The Secrets of Edgar Allan Poe's Last Hours...
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Fiction | Mystery
“I present to you . . . the truth about this man’s death
and my life.”
Baltimore, 1849. The body of Edgar Allan Poe has been
buried in an unmarked grave. The public, the press, and
even Poe’s own family and friends accept the conclusion
that Poe was a second-rate writer who met a disgraceful
end as a drunkard. Everyone, in fact, seems to believe
this except a young Baltimore lawyer named Quentin Clark,
an ardent admirer who puts his own career and reputation
at risk in a passionate crusade to salvage Poe’s.
As Quentin explores the puzzling circumstances of Poe’s
demise, he discovers that the writer’s last days are
riddled with unanswered questions the police are possibly
willfully ignoring. Just when Poe’s death seems destined
to remain a mystery, and forever sealing his ignominy,
inspiration strikes Quentin–in the form of Poe’s own
stories. The young attorney realizes that he must find the
one person who can solve the strange case of Poe’s death:
the real-life model for Poe’s brilliant fictional
detective character, C. Auguste Dupin, the hero of
ingenious tales of crime and detection.
In short order, Quentin finds himself enmeshed in sinister
machinations involving political agents, a female
assassin, the corrupt Baltimore slave trade, and the lost
secrets of Poe’s final hours. With his own future hanging
in the balance, Quentin Clark must turn master
investigator himself to unchain his now imperiled fate
from that of Poe’s.
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