The Professor's Assassin (Short Story)

The Professor's Assassin (Short Story)

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by Matthew Pearl
     
 
Matthew Pearl’s upcoming novel, The Technologists, is a stunning historical thriller based on the early days of America’s great institution of learning, MIT—and a depraved killer teaching Boston to fear its own shadow. In this original eBook short story, Pearl delves further into the turbulent world of nineteenth-century academia to

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Matthew Pearl’s upcoming novel, The Technologists, is a stunning historical thriller based on the early days of America’s great institution of learning, MIT—and a depraved killer teaching Boston to fear its own shadow. In this original eBook short story, Pearl delves further into the turbulent world of nineteenth-century academia to re-create a shocking, real-life, and all-but-forgotten crime.
 
William Barton Rogers will one day become MIT’s founder and president. But in 1840 he is still a science professor at the University of Virginia. A tall and commanding intellectual, he epitomizes the strong and liberal ways of “Mr. Jefferson’s University,” a controversial experiment in progressive thought and laissez-faire governance. Then a startling event rocks the school to its foundation. Riots led by masked “volunteers” have begun roiling the campus, exploiting its attitude toward discipline. When one of his colleagues is brutally slain during the unrest, Rogers must become a man of both words and deeds to capture the killer—and keep an essential institution from collapsing around him.
 
Includes a preview of Matthew Pearl’s forthcoming novel, The Technologists, which Joseph Finder calls “the best yet from a true master of the historical thriller.”

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780345530141
Publisher:
Random House Publishing Group
Publication date:
12/05/2011
Sold by:
Random House
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
60
Sales rank:
324,978
File size:
2 MB

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Meet the Author

Matthew Pearl is the New York Times bestselling author of The Technologists, The Dante Club, The Poe Shadow, and The Last Dickens, and the editor of the Modern Library editions of Dante’s Inferno (translated by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow) and Edgar Allan Poe’s The Murders in the Rue Morgue: The Dupin Tales. Pearl is a graduate of Harvard University and Yale Law School and has taught literature at Harvard and at Emerson College. He lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

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The Professor's Assassin (Short Story) 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 25 reviews.
davidputty More than 1 year ago
This is another good read from the master storyteller and historian, Matthew Pearl. Once again (as he did in The Dante Club, The Last Dickens, and The Poe Shadow) Pearl weaves a good mystery into the historical facts of the time period. My only regret with the Professor's Assassin is that it is too short--but, hey, it's a short story. You will never go wrong with a book by Matthew Pearl. I am eagerly awaiting his next novel.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was an interesting story to me, especially since I live in Virginia. The historical background was intriguing. My appetite was whetted for Mr. Pearl's new book, The Technologists.
LPullin More than 1 year ago
This story gives you a feeling for the time right before the civil war. Heroes, fools and one thoroughly nasty privileged person. Only fault was kind of short but sets up next novel. Based on a true incident. I would read other books by this author as I like history based mysteries. you do see the same personality types today so more things change the more they are the same.
jumperjudy More than 1 year ago
This is the first I've read from this author - I tried The Dante Club but couldn't get into it. This story caught my attention from the start and was hard to put down. I enjoyed it so much I purchased The Technologists by Matthew Pearl and was not disappointed!
stephNR More than 1 year ago
This short story gripped me from the first line. I truly enjoyed it. A fascinating and wonderful read!
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A great short read.
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I've enjoyed Pearl's books for a while so I thought I would give this one a try. Overall the. Inception was interesting, however the story moved rather slowly and ended very abruptly. It was as if Pearl wanted to write a novel but ran out of material.
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NUmom More than 1 year ago
I love historically based novels and am always looking forward to the next Matthew Pearl book. I read this in a day while waiting for The Technologists to be released. This was a short tie in to that book which came out about a week later.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What a great re-introduction to Matthew Pearl's writing! It's long enough to occupy a couple of before-bed reading sessions and detailed enough to transport the reader to the UVa of the mid-nineteenth century. While the crime to be solved does involve a gun and a murder, the clues are largely literary or artistic, and that makes the story both less gorey and more challenging. And the additional treat of the opening chapter of Pearls' soon-to-be released novel makes this purchase all the more worthwhile.
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Mike40 More than 1 year ago
A modern tale set in an earlier time.
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VictorianaJD More than 1 year ago
Starts with a bang and really keeps you interested throughout. The main character was not what I thought he'd be from the introduction and I liked the complexity. I'm not sure I'm satisfied with the ending and I really mean I'm not sure. Maybe it was OK. I'll read more of Matthew Pearl's work. I think it's worthwhile and he's set up some interesting characters.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was a fast read, with some an historic situation of which I had no idea. I thouroughly enjoyed it.
CFBSr More than 1 year ago
Far from sterile academics, early university life was loaded with intrigue, violence and even death. A fast moving and surprisingly unbiased look at the problems and solutions in crime solving in one of our oldest, finest academic institutions. A must read for those who want an understanding of our educational history and murder.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The sleuth seemed very rigid and staid for a man of his age. I didn't enjoy this very much but someone who likes a historical mystery may enjoy this more.