by John Evangelist Walsh (818.309/WAL)Review by Ms. Bower
There is nothing NOT to love in this short read (only 129 pages)–that is, if you’d enjoy the careful piecing together of an unsolved mystery concerning perhaps the most intriguing writer in American history amidst the unraveling of his doomed last romance. Walsh uses correspondence of the principal players in this real-life drama to make a compelling case for what actually happened to Poe during his final days. The penultimate chapter alone is worth the price of admission here. The inventor of the detective story (Yep, that’s Poe) would be proud.