The Pale Blue Eye: A Novel

Paperback | June 12, 2007

byLouis Bayard

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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.

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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 ...

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 ...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:448 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 1.01 inPublished:June 12, 2007Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0060733985

ISBN - 13:9780060733988

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautifully written, a compelling read. The Pale Blue Eye was an engrossing read. The 19th-century setting is hauntingly convincing, the elegant language flows beautifully and the story and relationships unfold in such a compelling manner that it's difficult to put down. The slow, atmospheric build-up, the fascinating and sensitive rendering of the friendship that develops between Poe and Landor, and the extravagantly gothic unveiling are well-suited to the Poe inspiration.
Date published: 2008-01-14

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“Recommended. This novel is moody and rich in historic detail.”