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As they struggle to keep their sacred literary cause alive, the plans of the Dante Club are put in further jeopardy when a serial killer unleashes his terror on the city. Only the scholars realize that the gruesome murders are modeled on the descriptions from Dante's Inferno and its account of Hell's torturous punishments. With the lives of the Boston elite and Dante's literary future in America at stake, the Dante Club must find the killer before the authorities discover their secret.
Dr. Oliver Wendell Holmes and outcast police officer Nicolas Rey, the first black member of the Boston police department, place their careers on the line in their efforts to end the killing spree. Together, they discover that the source of the murders lies closer than they ever could have imagined.
The Dante Club is a magnificent blend of fact and fiction, a brilliantly realized paean to Dante, his mythic genius, and his continued grip on the imagination.
"Absorbing and dramatic...Pearl has proven himself a master." (Library Journal)
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By Pattio on 02-28-07
I'm sorry to say that I have never read Dante. "The Dante Club" was a good intro - at least now when I come across references to "The Inferno" as one does frequently in literature, I will be familiar with the allusion. The narrator was excellent, (it's always a relief to have someone other than Scott Brick doing the reading.) The characters were vividly drawn and the story was exciting and suspenseful. The ending was satisfying in that it was surprising and believable. I will definitely download more books written by Mathew Pearl and books narrated by Boyd Gaines.
9 of 9 people found this review helpful
By Diane Challenor on 05-06-11
Fantastic book, I enjoyed every word.
I've just finished listening to this book and miss it already. I enjoyed this book very much and will miss inhabiting it very much. The environment of the "fireside poets" and their city of Boston, within which the mystery is set was really interesting, learning about Dante's poetry was enlightening and the mystery that held it all together moved along at a pace that suited me very well. And very importantly, as listeners will know, the reading of a book can make it or break it, John Siedman's reading of this book matched to story's voices perfectly. A lovely long listen, don't miss it.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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By Anonymous User on 07-10-18
GREAT murder mystery
Great compelling writing that keeps you entertained until the last minute. The narrator takes some getting used to (especially when voicing female characters) but once you get into the book I hardly noticed!
By Anonymous User on 10-11-17
engaging and exciting
this story takes a while to get in to and it is not immediately obvious how all the separate pieces fit together but it becomes very engaging