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An Unpardonable Crimeby Andrew Taylor
This wonderful, elegant mystery is a real page-turner. The historical context of 19th-century England and the inclusion of a young Edgar Allan Poe make this unique thriller truly irresistible.
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England 1819. Two enigmatic Americans arrive in London and soon after a bank collapses. A man is found dead on a building site; another goes missing in the teeming stews of the city's notorious Seven Dials district. A deathbed vigil ends in an act of theft, and a beautiful heiress flirts with her inferiors. A strange destiny connects each of these events to an American boy, Edgar Allan Poe, who was brought to England by his foster father and sent to the leafy village of Stoke Newington to be educated.
An Unpardonable Crime is a twenty-first-century novel with a nineteenth-century voice. It is both a multilayered literary murder mystery and a love story, its setting ranging from the coal-scented fogs of late-Regency London to the stark winter landscapes of Gloucestershire. And at its center is the boy who does not really belong anywhere, an actor who never learns the significance of his part.
"Sometimes audacity pays off. And you sure have to have a lot of chutzpah to attempt the kind of high-stakes literary heist that Andrew Taylor has masterminded in An Unpardonable Crime....Taylor's sweeping mystery tale is populated by innocents, eccentrics and evildoers whose lives twist, turn and overlap in a brilliantly intricate pattern." Washington Post
"An absolutely unputdownable read." Charles Palliser
"Easily one of the best books I've read this year, a fabulous mystery." Barbara Peters, The Poisoned Pen
"A fluid, atmospheric period thriller." Publishers Weekly
"[A] moody, delightful Gothic thriller....The period details are pitch perfect." Minneapolis Star Tribune
"A wonderful book, richly composed and beautifully written, an enthralling read from start to finish." London Times
"[A] remarkable thriller, elegantly written...[A] work of superlative fiction." Denver Post
About the Author
Andrew Taylor is the award-winning author of a number of novels, including a crime series, a psychological thriller, and the groundbreaking Roth Trilogy. He and his wife live with their children in England.
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