On Night's Shore

On Night's Shore

by Randall Silvis

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On Night's Shore by Randall Silvis

Even in the 1840s, New Yorkers possessed a fine appreciation of the macabre, and when the body of a beautiful young woman is found in the Hudson River, all of Manhattan is fascinated by the case. At least for a day or so. The victim's youth and beauty, while the very things that make her death so poignant, are at the same time undoubtedly the virtues that enticed her murderers. The stirring account of the tragedy in the Mirror has conspired with the public's morbid curiosity to sell a great many papers, and yet the author of the article, a Mr. Edgar Allan Poe, is unsatisfied. Poe's discovery of the body of Mary Rogers in the Hudson River leads to more than a newspaper article. While investigating the manner of her undoing for a follow-up piece, Poe becomes convinced that her death was not the result of a botched abortion, as was first thought. Accompanied by his young assistant, Augie Dubbins, who in turn acts as the narrator of the novel, Poe strives to uncover the true method and purpose of her murder. Drawn inexorably onward by both his keenly rational mind and his dark obsession with the abyss, Poe finds himself blocked at every turn by mysterious forces, and pursued by a tall, ominous assassin intent on his death. Trapped in a mire of murder, greed, and lust that reaches from the depths of the Five Points slums to the gleaming heights of Fifth Avenue society, Poe must solve the mystery or risk becoming, as in his own fiction, the victim of a dark and malevolent netherworld. In a fresh variation on the historical thriller genre first made famous by The Alienist, critically acclaimed author Randall Silvis offers an Edgar Allan Poe who not only pioneered the moderndetective story, but was himself the first modern detective. In the course of these detective adventures, he finds himself in perilous and unearthly situations that prefigure his later works of fiction.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780312982102
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication date: 02/18/2002
Series: Adventures of Edgar Allan Poe Series
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 368
Product dimensions: 4.26(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.03(d)

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