Set in the 1830s a forme NYC detective is called out of retirement to solve a baffling mystery at West POint. The setting and personalities are well explained so you can see and feel the uncertainty hovering over all. The unraveling is subtle...an intriguing murder mystery with NO modern glitz and glitter, simply good old fashioned detective work.
Takes place in the 1800s with Edgar A. Poe playing an interesting, if almost clownish, role. A retired detective, Gus Landor, is called upon to solve a murder which has occured on the grounds of West Point where it happens that Poe is a student. The aging detective harbors some serious grief and mysteries within himself that will eventually be disclosed to the reader. Poe's role in this story is to be an aide and confidante to Mr. Landor. The plot is devious and has many twists and turns including a heart breaking (what else?) romance for Poe. The chief complaint that I have with this book is that it seems to go on forever. Surely it would have been a lot more exciting with less droning and more action.
But many consider this a superb example of good mystery writing. So who am I to dispute them? Nevertheless I am only giving it three stars for the above mentioned reasons.