Patrick James O'Malley, a former Union soldier turned private detective, is the star of this novel. He is a well written and very likeable protagonist. It begins with O'Malley living in Edgar Allan Poe's cottage in the Bronx where he has determined he will prove that Poe did not die of drink but of homicide. To further complicate the story O'Malley once worked for Poe as his manuscript messenger and accompanied him on many visits around the city of New York. O'Malley looks up to Poe and could never dream of Poe's name being drug through the mud. His search for the truth leads him to another famous author of the time, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. Evidently Longfellow and Poe hated each other and were constantly belittling each other to the press. It is amusing how Longfellow is portrayed in this novel.
There are other characters in this novel which will pull at your heart strings as well and some that are just pure evil. One of the evil ones is a man named John Anderson who lives in, are you ready,... Sleepy Hollow. Yes the same Sleepy Hollow made famous by Washington Irving in his well known story "The Headless Horseman." In fact, one of the things I loved about this book is the way Musgrave sprinkles literary references throughout.
One of the characters I most adore is Becky Charming, a beautiful madam, who is in love with O'Malley. Unfortunately, O'Malley has problems with intimacy so the tension builds. O'Malley is obviously quite smitten with Charming, not just for her good looks but her amazing intelligent as well, but finds himself at a loss as to how to close the deal so to speak. However, they make a fantastic duo in search of the bad guys and I found Charming to be an excellent addition to the novel.
Finally there is McKenzie, head of a ruthless gang known as the Plug Uglies. McKenzie is not a man to be trifled with but he takes a liking to O'Malley and in the end becomes a somewhat reluctant hero of the story. To say the least about McKenzie he is a complicated man.
Overall I really enjoyed this book. It was a quick and easy read and I look forward to book two in the series. If you like detective novels littered with literary references; beautiful women chasing after the protagonist; and a fearless hero, then you will love this novel.
- フォーマット： Kindle版
- ファイルサイズ： 1183 KB
- 推定ページ数： 145 ページ
- 出版社: English Majors, Reviewers and Editors (2014/1/6)
- 販売： Amazon Services International, Inc.
- 言語: 英語
- ASIN: B00B5TNAIE
- Text-to-Speech（テキスト読み上げ機能）: 有効
- Word Wise: 有効
- カスタマーレビュー: 評価の数 16
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