Words Can Bleed.
On Sale: June 1, 2006
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In 1865 Boston, the members of the Dante Club â€” poets and
Harvard professors Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Dr. Oliver
Wendell Holmes, and James Russell Lowell, along with
publisher J.T. Fields â€” are finishing America's first
translation of The Divine Comedy and preparing to unveil
Dante's remarkable visions to the New World. The powerful
Boston Brahmins at Harvard are fighting to keep Dante in
obscurity, believing that the infiltration of foreign
superstitions onto American bookshelves will prove as
corrupting as the immigrants living in Boston Harbor.
As they struggle to keep their sacred literary cause
alive, the plans of the Dante Club are put in further
jeopardy when a serial killer unleashes his terror on the
city. Only the scholars realize that the gruesome murders
are modeled on the descriptions from Dante's Inferno and
its account of Hell's torturous punishments. With the
lives of the Boston elite and Dante's literary future in
America at stake, the Dante Club must find the killer
before the authorities discover their secret.
Dr. Oliver Wendell Holmes and outcast police officer
Nicolas Rey, the first black member of the Boston police
department, place their careers on the line in their
efforts to end the killing spree. Together, they discover
that the source of the murders lies closer than they ever
could have imagined.
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