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Nevermore: A Novel of Edgar Allan Poe and Allan Pinkerton Paperback – July 17, 2012
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From the Author
Do you "sort of" know the story of Edgar Allan Poe's very strange death? So did I. Which inspired me to ferret out all the contemporary accounts, sift the wheat from the chaff, and not only deliver the hard facts for your edification but also offer an entertaining solution. At the same time, in the tradition of teaming famous personages in fiction, I use the very colorful, real-life Allan Pinkerton (one of the very first detectives) to do the sleuthing. I have crafted the tale to be an especially good Halloween month read. Mike Hammer would have liked my Pinkerton.
About the Author
Brent Monahan has spent his life fascinated with and passionate about questioning the world – and arriving at unique, thoughtful, insightful and, quite often, spear-tip pointedly amusing answers that find their expression in his many novels. Whether he is offering a rational explanation to an historical haunting, as in The Bell Witch: An American Haunting, or delving into the psyches and machinations of such icons of financial and political power as J.P. Morgan in The Jekyl Island Club, Mr. Monahan does so with an unparalleled depth of research and smart, witty writing that has engaged decades of readers and garnered him considerable critical recognition from both reviewers and his peers. Mr. Monahan has authored thirteen novels, two of which have been made into movies – including An American Haunting, starring Donald Sutherland and Sissy Spacek. He has taught writing at Rutgers University and Westminster Choir College of Rider University, even though his terminal degree was in musical arts from Indiana University, Bloomington. He lives in Yardley, Pennsylvania.
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I enjoyed this book but felt that the solution to the puzzle - and the hero's ability to get himself out of sticky situations - were a bit too contrived. For a novel that required the twisting of historic facts and events into a believable work of fiction, though, it deserves praise for creativity and entertainment.
Edgar Allan Poe--the most remarkable writer of his time--life mysteriously cut short at the age of 40.
Pinkerton goes to Baltimore to try to solve this mysterious death, and by this action, Brent Monahan has created a novel that poses questions and answers to Poe's life and death, and it is excellent!
For all fans of the Master of the Macabre!
Combining a possible murder of Pinkerton based on Poe's The Cask of Amontillado, this book is brilliantly thought out and a must for fans of Edgar Allan Poe.
Citing from Poe's works, it helps the mysterious atmosphere bubble up and envelop the reader.
Excellent, exciting and masterfully written.
Eddie would have approved.
Ellen George, author and reviewer
I was hooked by the first chapter. On more than one occasion, I thought that Monahan had missed a chance to pull in another reference to a piece of Poe's work only to see that reference made a few pages later. It is a really well crafted novel.
The characters are fleshed out well, and they feel right. The intimate moments of Allan and Molly were titillating. I like the flawed character of Allan refraining from alcohol to please Molly. The story had the feel of an old film noir detective story.
Twenty chapters of Allan Pinkerton were not enough, and I hope that there will be more Pinkerton tales in the future. I highly recommend it and give it 4 1/2 stars out of 5. It's a must-have for your home library.