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The Pale Blue Eye
The Pale Blue Eye
Author: Louis Bayard
At West Point Academy in 1830, the calm of an October evening is shattered by the discovery of a young cadet's body swinging from a rope just off the parade grounds. An apparent suicide is not unheard of in a harsh regimen like West Point's, but the next morning, an even greater horror comes to light. Someone has stolen into the room where the b...  more »
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ISBN-13: 9780060733971
ISBN-10: 0060733977
Pages: 432
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.

3.8 stars, based on 24 ratings
Publisher: HarperCollins
Book Type: Hardcover
Other Versions: Paperback, Audio Cassette
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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.
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A great historical murder mystery. I love the way Bayard mixes real history and characters, such as Edgar Allan Poe in this book, with his whodunits.
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Wonderful. Bayard does a great job fictionalizing a young Edgar Allan Poe and writes with a real sense for his time period. The ending was rather clever, although the early chapters setting the scene are really the best parts of the novel. Bayard writes a nice literary mystery.