• The Last Dickens

  • A Novel
  • By: Matthew Pearl
  • Narrated by: Paul Michael
  • Length: 12 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 03-17-09
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Random House Audio
  • 3.5 out of 5 stars 3.5 (168 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

In his most enthralling novel yet, the critically acclaimed author Matthew Pearl reopens one of literary history's greatest mysteries. The Last Dickens is a tale filled with the dazzling twists and turns, the unerring period details, and the meticulous research that thrilled readers of the best sellers The Dante Club and The Poe Shadow. Boston, 1870. When news of Charles Dickens's untimely death reaches the office of his struggling American publisher, Fields & Osgood, partner James Osgood sends his trusted clerk Daniel Sand to await the arrival of Dickens's unfinished novel. But when Daniel's body is discovered by the docks and the manuscript is nowhere to be found, Osgood must embark on a transatlantic quest to unearth the novel that he hopes will save his venerable business and reveal Daniel's killer.
Danger and intrigue abound on the journey to England, for which Osgood has chosen Rebecca Sand, Daniel's older sister, to assist him. As they attempt to uncover Dickens's final mystery, Osgood and Rebecca find themselves racing the clock through a dangerous web of literary lions and drug dealers, sadistic thugs and blue bloods, and competing members of Dickens's inner circle. They soon realize that understanding Dickens's lost ending is a matter of life and death, and the hidden key to stopping a murderous mastermind.
©2009 Matthew Pearl (P)2009 Random House, Inc
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Critic Reviews

"Matthew Pearl is the new shining star of literary fiction." (Dan Brown, author of The Da Vinci Code)
"[Pearl has] prodigious command of mystery and intrigue [and is] at the very forefront of contemporary novelists." (Caleb Carr, author of The Alienist)
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Customer Reviews

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4 out of 5 stars
By Barbara K. on 04-03-09

What A Gem!

I am 3/4 of the way through this book & am completely enjoying it. I was surprised to see that there weren't any current ratings. If you are considering this book, don't hesitate. It's chock full of all kinds of things. Historical fiction adventure mystery, skullduggery, the Opium Wars commentary on colonialism and even some timid Victorian romance. But wait there's more! Most of all it's a story about the first American Popstar, the great Dickens. I am already planning to get "Great Expectations" as my next listen. I can't give this 5 stars as I've not yet read the ending but it definitely has 5 star potential.
If you're interested in taking a step back in time and get a little personal with one of the greatest writers that ever lived get this book!

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25 of 27 people found this review helpful

2 out of 5 stars
By Stephen on 05-01-09

Well researched but dull

The Last Dickens certainly captures the period and the mood surrounding the publication of The Mystery of Edwin Drood, but the characters come off as rather flat and uninteresting. The best sequences involve Irishman Tom Brannigan protecting Dickens during his American tour, told in flashback. The main storyline didn't hold my interest, and the ending falls flat.

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3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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