The Poe Shadow, by Matthew Pearl
The Poe Shadow
is the second book by Matthew Pearl, who wrote the fabulous The Dante Club
It has been on my bookshelf for about ever, and I checked out the audio version from the library.
The premise is that Edgar Allen Poe died mysteriously and the narrator .. more than a fan, less than a friend..is not satisfied with the lame investigation of the circumstances.
The story is fine and there is an interesting cast of characters. But at the end of the day, I just didn’t buy the main character of Quentin Clark. His obsession with Poe’s death isn’t explained well and doesn’t make sense to me, as he loses his best friend, his legal practice and his fiancée.
I had given up on the story by the time our hero landed in jail for a murder that he didn’t commit. So when it became a drama about overturning the will and international espionage, I was rather nonplussed. Thus, as it finally came to the “solution” to the mystery, I can only say I found it anti-climactic.
I am hopeful this was just a sophomore slump.