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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: Unabridged 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 

  • “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.” 


  • A New York Times Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Ann | 2/20/2014

    " I found this book to be quite enjoyable with many interesting facts and educated suppositions about Edgar Allan Poe and his final days. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Adrian Phoenix | 2/19/2014

    " I really enjoyed this. Incredible historical detail at, at times, I almost felt transported to the era. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Melinda | 2/10/2014

    " I couldn't get through it. I'm going to change this back to still reading, but it is an extremely hard, very boring read. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Dustin M. | 2/5/2014

    " Being a huge fan of everything Poe, I snagged this book up. What a mistake. Do yourself a favor. Imagine yourself stalking the ghost of something, a memory of something. Now imagine that you lose all of your money, family, dignity, and everything that you can call yours, because you were chasing nothing. Good. Now you just read The Poe Shadow. Sorry to disappoint you. "

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