The Pale Blue Eye

The Pale Blue Eye

A Novel

Book - 2006
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When a brutal murder occurs on the grounds of West Point, retired NYPD detective Gus Landor, now living in the Hudson Valley, is enlisted to solve the case, recruiting the assistance of an eccentric young cadet named Edgar Allan Poe to help him uncover the clues to the case and to find the culprit. By the author of Mr. Timothy.

HARPERCOLL

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.



Blackwell North Amer
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.

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& Taylor

When a murder occurs on the grounds of West Point, retired NYPD detective Gus Landor is enlisted to solve the case, recruiting the assistance of an eccentric young cadet named Edgar Allan Poe to help him find the culprit.

Publisher: New York : HarperCollins Publishers, c2006
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780060733971
0060733977
Characteristics: 412 p. ; 24 cm

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susarrey
Nov 05, 2011

Excellent book. The ending was a shock, but fit perfectly with the rest of the story and didn't have that cheap "gotcha!" feel that many twist endings have.
You don't have to be a Poe fan to enjoy it, but it'll make you want to learn more about him.
Highly recommended!

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giddyleu
Oct 16, 2011

Another great book from Mr. Bayard. The ending a complete surprise and a very hauntingly written last page.

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