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Shop  >>  Books  >>  Mystery/Thriller

Louis Bayard

The Pale Blue Eye

Louis Bayard The Pale Blue Eye Reprint
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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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“(A) tour-de-force…intense and gripping …(a) beautifully crafted thriller ”

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“A rich and finely wrought psychological study that is a fitting tribute to Poe himself.”

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“A superb, lyrically written yarn. Deft and delicious.”

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“An uncanny and original portrait. Captures the imagination with exquisite details and a compelling, disquieting story.”

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“Another literary tour de force.…At novel’s end, the reader may want to start again from the beginning.”

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“Bayard has produced a nuanced, wonderfully written tale, one worthy of the old master himself.”

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“Brilliantly plotted and completely absorbing, ending with the kind of shock that few novelists are able to deliver.”

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“Exquisitely rendered character study, imaginatively Gothic, compelling.”

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“Finely executed prose…An exquisitely rendered character study, imaginatively gothic, compelling.”

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“Full of delightfully unexpected twists that continue to the very last pages of the novel.”

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“Gracefully written...Bayard’s prose flows like silk, weightless but enveloping, and never shows its seams.

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“Gruesomely entertaining.”

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“Ingenious...with a rich knowledge of Poe’s life and work.”

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“Poe, an exacting critic...would have been impressed by Bayard’s intelligence and fluidity as a writer.”

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

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“Seemlessly blends Poe into an engrossing whodunit worthy of its inspiration. ”

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“Shockingly clever and devoutly unsentimental...reads like a lost classic. Bayard reinvigorates historical fiction.”

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“Skillful...lyrical...Moves methodically to the suspects, the motives, and the clues that twist and turn like the Hudson itself.”

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“This book has it all--prose, plot and a terrifying conclusion...it will have you guessing to the very end.”

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“Well-wrought and suspenseful.“

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“What makes this more than a well-crafted thriller…is Bayard’s gift for language. He paints incredibly vivid pictures.”

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“Worthy of...high praise.”

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