A group of famous literary figures hunt down a serial killer who subjects his victims to the sin-specific tortures found in Dante’s Inferno. The author blends his considerable knowledge of Dante Alighieri’s life and works with the history of Boston after the Civil War to produce a respectable whodunnit. It’s also a book about friendship and loyalty triumphing over greed, bigotry, and vengeance. The club members interpersonal connections are tested; they learn to appreciate abilities beyond their own in Patrolman Rey. They stick to their task, pursuing clues despite discouragement and obstruction from the police and the Corporation. They rise above petty intellectual differences and clashes between their massive egos. I agree with reviewer Kristine Huntley: “Expertly weaving period detail, historical fact (the Dante Club did indeed exist), complex character studies, and nail-biting suspense, Pearl has written a unique and utterly absorbing tale.” It is, however, a tale more likely to be relished by us English majors than by a wide swath of the America’s readers.
I think this book tried too hard to be too weighty and "surprise! it's a plot twist!" that it comes across as bulky and annoying.
Not for the faint of heart! This book follows a real group of American authors who are trying to translate Dante for the masses. Soon, bodies are being found in and around Boston using Dante's idea of punishment. Can these middle age men bring the killings to and end, or will classics such as Dante, be forever barred from our shores? Wonderful debut novel.
a quick read full of interesting characters that refreshed my knowledge of Dante, Longfellow, Holmes and others
At times slow, but ending reinforces and reminds one the horrors of the Civil War and what some endured. Good reinforcement of Dante.
Not as good as the other two books by this author. Nevertheless, a an interesting read that holds your attention to the end.
Longfellow is such a caring person.
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