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When the body of a suicide victim disappears at West Point Military Academy in 1831, only to be discovered hours later missing its heart, the Academy calls on retired detective Gus Landor to investigate. Landor is something of a legend among his peers, noted for an uncanny, Holmesian ability to read people. When Edgar Allan Poe, a new cadet, comes forth with his own cryptic conclusion - that the man Landor is looking for is a poet - Landor is intrigued and enlists Poe as his assistant. Working together, Landor and Poe narrow down the suspects, all the while dealing with their own personal demons.
©2006 Louis Bayard (P)2014 AudioGO
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By Calliope on 12-18-14

Wonderful novel with excellent narration

This was a great listen! Although it might be notable for Edgar Allen Poe's inclusion in the book as a cadet at West Point, the novel really stands on it's own even if he weren't the character who helps the protagonist investigate murders and mayhem on the West Point campus. The narrator voices the characters well, and it was an all-round pleasure to listen to.

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By Amazon Customer on 10-25-15

Could not get through it

I would recommend they first listen to the "sample". The gentleman narrating appeals to many, but I find his voice difficult to listen to. I found the story to be slow, convoluted, and ponderous for my taste, and was surprisingly annoyed by the repeated reference to "Reader", the Poe (and other) quotes, and the attempts to create other "voices" by the narrator. Others have loved both the performance and the story. I did not finish the first half, and will be returning it. The three stars were given as I felt the narrator was trying, and I didn't think it fair to give one star to a book I had not finished. It and I were NOT a good fit.

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