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Louis Bayard lives in Washington. He has written several novels, including THE PALE BLUE EYE whic... Read More

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Louis Bayard lives in Washington. He has written several novels, including THE PALE BLUE EYE which was shortlisted for the CWA Ellis Peters Historical Crime Award.

**Soon to be a major Netflix film starring Christian Bale and Gillian Anderson**

April 19th, 1831. In two or three hours I'll be dead.

So begins the chilling last testament of Gus Landor, a retired New York City police constable, whose numerous talents include code-breaking, riot control and the 'gloveless interrogation'. A young cadet has been found hanged at a military academy on the shores of the Hudson River. Before his body could be buried, however, it was stolen and his heart brutally carved out.

Fearing a scandal, the top brass at West Point have summoned Landor to help catch the culprit, and keep his discoveries away from prying eyes. As Landor embarks on a thrilling adventure to solve the case, he uncovers a series of dark secrets and finds unlikely assistance in the form of a mischievous young cadet named Edgar Allan Poe.

Full of drama and unexpected twists, The Pale Blue Eye is a brilliantly haunting and atmospheric historical mystery.

'Brilliantly plotted and completely absorbing, ending with the kind of shock that few novelists are able to deliver' Sunday Times

'Bayard's shockingly clever and devoutly unsentimental new mystery reads like a lost classic . . . Bayard reinvigorates historical fiction, rendering the 19th century as if he'd witnessed it firsthand' New York Times

An atmospheric historical mystery that is full of drama and unexpected twists. From the events of one seemingly ordinary afternoon, Louis Bayard conjures a tale as haunting as it is entertaining.Really outstanding crime fiction is rare . . . so it's a joy to see Louis Bayard pull off this coup . . . As gory and melodramatic as Poe's own writing . . . brilliantly plotted and completely absorbing, ending with the kind of shock that few novelists are able to deliverHardback fiction worth looking out forA most satisfying murder mysteryBayard's shockingly clever and devoutly unsentimental new mystery reads like a lost classic . . . Bayard reinvigorates historical fiction, rendering the 19th century as if he'd witnessed it firsthandAn immensely satisfying whodunit, richly imaginative . . . Good, clean homicidal funThe Pale Blue Eye kept me transfixed . . . a moody, cunning mystery . . . In the course of the narrative, Bayard ingeniously weaves in motifs from Poe's work to thrilling effectA Dickensian thriller strong on atmosphereLouis Bayard is a writer of remarkable gifts: for language, for imagination, for that mysterious admixture of audacity and craftsmanship that signals a major talent in the makingA tour de force, an intense and gripping novel . . . This beautifully crafted thriller stands head and shoulders above other recent attempts to fictionalise PoeIn THE PALE BLUE EYE, Louis Bayard pays a stunning and fitting tribute to Edgar Allan Poe - not only in his crafting of a twisty, Gothic mystery that would have delighted the master himself, but in his use of a young Poe as a character. A gorgeous, melancholic tale from a fearless writer. I can't wait to see what Bayard does nextDazzlingA fictional mystery in a real historical backgroundPRAISE FOR THE FILMA Netflix historical thriller stuffed with Gothic flourishesAn appealingly icy, moody, twisty, Gothic fiction work rooted in the same themes that Poe exploredThe Pale Blue Eye is all at once a melancholic romance, arevenger's tragedy, and an intriguing mysteryA thrilling whodunnit with an irresistible gothic moodMoves with elegant severity, like a film about 19th-century murder shouldThe Pale Blue Eye feels both fresh and reminiscent of the golden age of the Western dramaAs cozy as a blanket of thorns - but then, you don't go to Poe for a good cuddle, and The Pale Blue Eye gets that. This is one foreboding snow globe of a movie

Product Details

Title: ThePale Blue Eye
Author: Louis Bayard
SKU: BK0470501
EAN: 9781399801966
Language: English
Binding: Paperback

About Author

Louis Bayard lives in Washington. He has written several novels, including MR. TIMOTHY and THE PALE BLUE EYE, which was shortlisted for the CWA Ellis Peters Historical Crime Award.

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