An Unpardonable Crime

  • by Andrew Taylor
  • Narrated by Simon Vance
  • 15 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Edgar Allan Poe is an American boy in England, a child standing on the edge of mysteries. In 1819, two Americans arrive in London. Soon afterward a bank collapses. A man is found horribly mutilated on a building site and an heiress flirts with her inferiors. All the while, Poe's young schoolmaster struggles to understand what is happening before he and his loved ones are destroyed. But the truth, like the youthful Poe himself, has its origins in the New World as well as the Old, in a bitter episode of corruption during the War of 1812. With settings ranging from the coal-scented urban jungle of late Regency London to the stark winter landscapes of a rural Gloucestershire, An Unpardonable Crime is a multi-layered literary murder mystery, a historical novel, and a love story. In addition to shedding fascinating light on Edgar Allan Poe, the book is a fast-paced suspenseful tale, filled with shocking revelations.


What the Critics Say

"Taylor does an excellent job in portraying early 19th-century London and writes in a clear, consistent period style...." (Publishers Weekly)
"Taylor is a major thriller talent."(Time Out London)
"A remarkable thriller, elegantly written...a work of superlative fiction." (Denver Post)


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Customer Reviews

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For me, this is what the audio book experience is all about. I am sure I would have loved this story in any format, as the writing is terrific. However, with an excellent reader who is perfect for the material, the experience was enhanced tremendously. For anyone who enjoys historical fiction at its best, give this one a try.
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- Anne

keeps you on your toes!

This was a terrific read! The author spun a great tale that never let you get too comfortable that you knew where it was going. His descriptions of places were vivid, as if I could both smell his spring flowers and feel my feet stuck in the mud on a seedy street. The story shows over and over again how inconsiderate people are to one another, for little reason and to such ill-effect. The narrator was a delight!
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- Pamela

Book Details

  • Release Date: 04-22-2004
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.