A Novel

Book - 1999
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Superbly rendering the 1830s Baltimore of Edgar Allan Poe, this tale taps into the dark genius of the legendary author and follows a labyrinthine path into the heart of a most heinous crime.
Publisher: New York : Pocket Books, c1999
ISBN: 9780671798550
Branch Call Number: Suspense F Sch


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Dec 23, 2016

Written in the style of Edgar Allan Poe, with his over-the-top impressionistic descriptions, "Nevermore," by Harold Schechter, is almost a parody. Told in the first person, it proposes a time when Poe became instrumental in the investigation of serial murders with the help of none other than Davy Crockett. It lends itself to the notion that Poe suffered from egomania of intellect (think Hercule Poirot) and excuses his frailties as artistic hypersensitivity, an inheritance from his gifted-actress mother. There are several references to events which suggest inspiration for Poe's literary classics, such as "The Fall of the House of Usher" and "The Raven." Harold Schechter is an acclaimed true crime writer, specializing in serial killers, so he knows how to tell a macabre tale as well as Edgar Allan Poe and, if you like Poe's prose style, you'll definitely enjoy this first in a series.


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