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The Pale Blue Eye

de Louis Bayard

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From the critically acclaimed author of Mr. Timothy comes an ingenious tale of murder and revenge, featuring a retired New York City detective and a young cadet named Edgar Allan Poe. At West Point Academy in 1830, the calm of an October evening is shattered by the discovery of a young cadet's body swinging from a rope just off the parade grounds. An apparent suicide is not unheard of in a harsh regimen like West Point's, but the next morning, an even greater horror comes to light. Someone has stolen into the room where the body lay and removed the heart. At a loss for answers and desperate to avoid any negative publicity, the Academy calls on the services of a local civilian, Augustus Landor, a former police detective who acquired some renown during his years in New York City before retiring to the Hudson Highlands for his health. Now a widower, and restless in his seclusion, Landor agrees to take on the case. As he questions the dead man's acquaintances, he finds an eager assistant in a moody, intriguing young cadet with a penchant for drink, two volumes of poetry to his name, and a murky past that changes from telling to telling. The cadet's name? Edgar Allan Poe. Impressed with Poe's astute powers of observation, Landor is convinced that the poet may prove useful-if he can stay sober long enough to put his keen reasoning skills to the task. Working in close contact, the two men-separated by years but alike in intelligence-develop a surprisingly deep rapport as their investigation takes them into a hidden world of secret societies, ritual sacrifices, and more bodies. Soon, however, the macabre murders and Landor's own buried secrets threaten to tear the two men and their newly formed friendship apart. A rich tapestry of fine prose and intricately detailed characters, The Pale Blue Eye transports readers into a labyrinth of the unknown that will leave them guessing until the very end.… (mais)
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    The Suspicions of Mr. Whicher: A Shocking Murder and the Undoing of a Great Victorian Detective de Kate Summerscale (hairball)
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    The Blackest Bird: A Novel of Murder in Nineteenth-Century New York de Joel Rose (rbtanger)
    rbtanger: In the Poe genre. Not quite as well written as The Pale Blue Eye, but The Blackest Bird is still a good and interesting read.
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Wow... ( )
  harishwriter | Oct 12, 2023 |
tłumacz - Tomasz Bieroń ( )
  maria.michalska | Mar 14, 2023 |
When I was younger, I used to follow and love cinema and television almost as much as I (still) love reading and music. Then, life got in the way, and I realised that with increasingly limited leisure time, I needed to be selective in my (then) eclectic interests. And, so, unfortunately, I am now much less up-to-date with what is happening on the silver (or flat) screen, and you’re more likely to find me reading a book or listening to music.

This is all a convoluted way of saying that although I first learnt of Louis Bayard and his novel “The Pale Blue Eye” thanks to the publicity generated by the eponymous Netflix movie, I haven’t watched the film. I have, however, bought and read the book. And what an enjoyable experience it turned out to be.

The protagonist and narrator of Bayard’s novel is one Augustus Landor, an ex-New York detective who, in the fall of 1830, is unwillingly drawn out of his grumpy retirement to investigate a horrific crime at the elite West Point Academy. The victim, a young cadet, apparently died by suicide but, following his death, someone ripped out his heart, raising the spectre of either murder or occult ritual or both. Alas, this will not be the last of these dark desecrations, and Landor finds himself under mounting pressure to solve the mystery which threatens to dismantle the Academy. He enlists an unlikely companion to help him navigate the claustrophobic confines of the Academy. This is none other than the young Edgar Allan Poe, a cadet with literary ambitions who also turns out to be no mean sleuth.

A Pale Blue Eye is an engrossing pastiche of 19th century mystery/Gothic fiction, with several references to the works – and dark moods – of Poe’s own works and a good dollop of grand guignol. It is strong on atmosphere and I can imagine why this proved a good subject for a movie – certain scenes are “cinematic” in the sense that even while reading them it is not difficult to imagine them being rendered on screen. Admittedly, the novel calls for much suspension of disbelief, especially in the final chapters. But, I guess, that comes as part of this dark, blood-soaked package.

https://endsoftheword.blogspot.com/2023/01/the-pale-blue-eye-by-louis-bayard.htm... ( )
  JosephCamilleri | Feb 21, 2023 |
Oner-written, under plotted and with a historical character shoe horned in.. ( )
  dylkit | Jul 16, 2022 |
October 1830 and the hanged body of a cadet at West Point Academy is discovered. A retired detective Augustus Landor, living locally, is asked to solve the case. Landor during his investigation askes for the help of cadet Edgar Allan Poe.
I enjoyed this well-written, mystery and the solution. ( )
  Vesper1931 | Jul 29, 2021 |
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Bayard reinvigorates historical fiction, rendering the 19th century as if he'd witnessed it firsthand.
 
"The Pale Blue Eye" is not quite the unalloyed delight of Bayard's first Victorian thriller, "Mr. Timothy" (in part because of its melancholy setting and principal characters), but it's just as gracefully written, from its descriptions of the river, "glassy, opal-gray, crumpling into a million billows," to the author's unostentatious fidelity to the language and mores of the period.
adicionado por jburlinson | editarSalon.com, Laura Miller (Jun 19, 2006)
 
Despite all this hugely accomplished and well-observed character study, the detective story that is meant to act as a framework for the book just doesn't match up to the style and quality of the prose.
adicionado por jburlinson | editarWashington Post, Jasper Fforde (Jun 11, 2006)
 
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From the critically acclaimed author of Mr. Timothy comes an ingenious tale of murder and revenge, featuring a retired New York City detective and a young cadet named Edgar Allan Poe. At West Point Academy in 1830, the calm of an October evening is shattered by the discovery of a young cadet's body swinging from a rope just off the parade grounds. An apparent suicide is not unheard of in a harsh regimen like West Point's, but the next morning, an even greater horror comes to light. Someone has stolen into the room where the body lay and removed the heart. At a loss for answers and desperate to avoid any negative publicity, the Academy calls on the services of a local civilian, Augustus Landor, a former police detective who acquired some renown during his years in New York City before retiring to the Hudson Highlands for his health. Now a widower, and restless in his seclusion, Landor agrees to take on the case. As he questions the dead man's acquaintances, he finds an eager assistant in a moody, intriguing young cadet with a penchant for drink, two volumes of poetry to his name, and a murky past that changes from telling to telling. The cadet's name? Edgar Allan Poe. Impressed with Poe's astute powers of observation, Landor is convinced that the poet may prove useful-if he can stay sober long enough to put his keen reasoning skills to the task. Working in close contact, the two men-separated by years but alike in intelligence-develop a surprisingly deep rapport as their investigation takes them into a hidden world of secret societies, ritual sacrifices, and more bodies. Soon, however, the macabre murders and Landor's own buried secrets threaten to tear the two men and their newly formed friendship apart. A rich tapestry of fine prose and intricately detailed characters, The Pale Blue Eye transports readers into a labyrinth of the unknown that will leave them guessing until the very end.

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