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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (4,262 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Matthew Pearl Narrator: Erik Singer Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Includes Matthew Pearl’s exclusive audio afterword on the truth behind Poe’s death!

Baltimore, 1849: the body of Edgar Allan Poe has been buried in an unmarked grave. Everyone seems to accept the conclusion that Poe was a second-rate writer who met a disgraceful end—except for a young Baltimore lawyer named Quentin Clark, an ardent admirer who puts his own career and reputation at risk in a crusade to salvage Poe’s.

As Quentin explores the puzzling circumstances and unanswered questions of Poe’s demise, he realizes that he must find the one person who can help: the real-life model for Poe’s brilliant fictional detective character, C. Augustine Dupin, the hero of ingenious tales of crime and detection. Soon Quentin finds himself enmeshed in sinister machinations involving international political agents and the lost secrets of Poe’s final hours. If Quentin is to escape Poe’s grisly fate, he must become a master investigator himself.

Drawing on original, groundbreaking research, the bestselling author of The Dante Club has once again crossed literary history with sublime craftsmanship and devious twists to create a beautifully detailed, ingeniously plotted tale of suspense.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Poe would have liked it.”

    Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel

  • “[An] enticing second novel.”

    Bloomberg Press

  • “Singer provides Clark with a splendidly appropriate voice: young, intelligent, yet naïve and idealistic.”

    Publishers Weekly (audio review)

  • “[A] masterful blend of historical and fictional figures, meticulous research, and nineteenth-century literary style.”


  • “Pearl demonstrates a clear mastery of Poe mythology and uses his knowledge of 1850s Baltimore to excellent effect.”

    Library Journal

  • The Poe Shadow is an entertaining tale of ratiocination that would make Poe himself proud.”


  • “Reads like a true story…enough mystery to make any Poe fan, Poe himself for that matter, proud.”

    Canadian Press

  • A New York Times Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Yeti | 2/19/2014

    " An intensely riveting, psychological, historical portrayal of a man who becomes so obsessed with Poe's life and death that he seemingly becomes the writer himself. Pearl does a fantastic job of mimicking Poe's theory of ratiocination throughout the text disguised as stream of consciousness. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Shauna | 2/18/2014

    " Fascinating, enjoyable read. Fiction, but based on mysterious death of Edgar Allen Poe. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Rita | 2/17/2014

    " Complicated and too improbable. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Robert | 2/17/2014

    " I am a big Poe fan so I had looked forward to reading this and I so wanted to like it, but I could not believe how poorly written it was, it was very disappointing, a total waste of precious reading time. It seemed like the first novel of a very inexperienced writer instead of a supposedly accomplished one (I haven't read The Dante Club yet and I am hesitant to do so now). "

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