Edgar Allan Poe and The Empire of the Dead

Edgar Allan Poe and The Empire of the Dead

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'And I prayed that I would find a way to tell my most honorable friend, the Chevalier C. Auguste Dupin, the truth about how I had finally been murdered, and by whom.'

Summer, 1849. When Edgar Allan Poe travels to Paris to help his dear friend hunt down the criminal who brought the Dupin family to ruin during the French Revolution, the sleuthing duo are engaged by the prefect of police to recover the stolen letter of an infamous Parisian salonniere. Is the thief one of the French literary greats who attend her salons, or might it be Dupin's own enemy who is scheming to become the Emperor of France? Poe and Dupin are quickly embroiled in a deadly cat and mouse game that takes them to the treacherous tunnels of the city's necropolis, where few who venture into the notorious Empire of the Dead manage to return from the darkness...
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Product details

  • Paperback | 352 pages
  • 129 x 198 x 26mm | 310g
  • Point Blank
  • United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1786076411
  • 9781786076410
  • 3,558,792

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'Street fulfills the promise of the tantalizing opening with a twisty and nail-biting plot. Fans of other superior fictional treatments of Poe will be enthralled.' * Publishers Weekly, starred review * 'In a brisk, vivid narrative that includes magic, alchemy, metempsychosis (the transfer of souls between bodies), and the pain of loss, Street details new life for Dupin, and for Poe, a reunion with his beloved. Superlative historical mystery, capturing the tone of the time and Poe's lasting literary legacy.' * Booklist, starred review * 'The plot unfolds in a series of juicy set pieces.' * Kirkus * 'A feast for all the senses; Karen Lee Street is a painter with a palette of exciting, unusual, and provocative words.' * Criminal Element * 'The twists and turns of the plot are cunningly weaved, and Street's expertly crafted prose and dialogue could easily have come from the pen of Poe himself.' * British Fantasy Society * 'Empire of the Dead is everything a reader of traditional mysteries or an admirer of Edgar Allan Poe could possibly want.' * Mystery Scene Magazine * 'An exciting and wonderfully atmospheric read.' * Crime Review * 'Street evokes Poe's unique sensibility through passages of inspired prose, in a narrative that preserves the spooky penumbra surrounding Poe's enduring legend.' * Wall Street Journal * 'A gripping read, and a worthy homage to Poe's genius.' * Historical Novel Society * 'Extremely clever in the writing and the plotting. With its postmodern ironic playfulness and the intertextual weaving of Poe's own life and Poe's fiction, it is a highly intellectual contribution to crime fiction. And a great read as well. Recommended' * Mystery People * 'A heady mix of the macabre and enigmatic.' * History Revealed Magazine * 'The most important thing about a whodunnit, in whatever sub-genre, is that it should be a page-turner, which this is. But it also helps to have engaging characters and a fluent writing style, as this does. Our narrator's voice is not pastiche Poe but does sound a completely credible voice for someone of his time and place.' * Sheenagh Pugh, author of Stonelight * Praise for Edgar Allan Poe & The Jewel of Peru:

'Street's work is richly detailed and atmospheric, with equal parts delicious strangeness and sparkling historical research.' Elle Wild, author of Strange Things Done

'Glittering and dark, this is a veritable Cabinet of Curiosities.' Philip Gross, author of T.S. Eliot prize-winner The Water Table

'Rich in colour and layered with literary texture, the jewels of Karen Lee Street's second novel in her mystery trilogy are her exquisite writing and the further development of returning characters Poe and Dupin.' Kate Mayfield, author of The Undertaker's Daughter
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About Karen Lee Street

Karen Lee Street is a British/American dual national. She has a PhD in Writing from the University of South Wales and has worked for many years in the European film industry. She is the author of Edgar Allan Poe and the London Monster and Edgar Allan Poe and the Jewel of Peru.
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Rating details

33 ratings
3.7 out of 5 stars
5 33% (11)
4 30% (10)
3 18% (6)
2 9% (3)
1 9% (3)
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