The School of Night

Readerslike me who’ve become quietly addicted to Louis Bayard’s historical novels ofsuspense—the first, Mr. Timothy, imagined Dickens’s Tiny Tim as aVictorian-era sleuth; the second, The Pale Blue Eye, detailed theadventures of Edgar Allan Poe as a West Point cadet—will welcome this new one,about a disgraced scholar in modern-day Washington, D.C., who follows the trailof a missing letter into the secretive world of Elizabethan intrigue, withperilous results.