The Pale Blue Eye

The Pale Blue Eye

Louis Bayard / Jul 19, 2019

The Pale Blue Eye From the critically acclaimed author of Mr Timothy comes an ingenious tale of murder and revenge featuring a retired New York City detective and a young cadet named Edgar Allan Poe At West Point Acad

  • Title: The Pale Blue Eye
  • Author: Louis Bayard
  • ISBN: 9780060733971
  • Page: 120
  • Format: Hardcover
  • From the critically acclaimed author of Mr Timothy comes an ingenious tale of murder and revenge, featuring a retired New York City detective and a young cadet named Edgar Allan Poe.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 notFrom the critically acclaimed author of Mr Timothy comes an ingenious tale of murder and revenge, featuring a retired New York City detective and a young cadet named Edgar Allan Poe.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 body lay and removed the heart.At a loss for answers and desperate to avoid any negative publicity, the Academy calls on the services of a local civilian, Augustus Landor, a former police detective who acquired some renown during his years in New York City before retiring to the Hudson Highlands for his health Now a widower, and restless in his seclusion, Landor agrees to take on the case As he questions the dead man s acquaintances, he finds an eager assistant in a moody, intriguing young cadet with a penchant for drink, two volumes of poetry to his name, and a murky past that changes from telling to telling The cadet s name Edgar Allan Poe.Impressed with Poe s astute powers of observation, Landor is convinced that the poet may prove useful if he can stay sober long enough to put his keen reasoning skills to the task Working in close contact, the two men separated by years but alike in intelligence develop a surprisingly deep rapport as their investigation takes them into a hidden world of secret societies, ritual sacrifices, and bodies Soon, however, the macabre murders and Landor s own buried secrets threaten to tear the two men and their newly formed friendship apart.A rich tapestry of fine prose and intricately detailed characters, The Pale Blue Eye transports readers into a labyrinth of the unknown that will leave them guessing until the very end.

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        A staff writer for Salon, Bayard has written articles and reviews for the New York Times, the Washington Post, Nerve, and Preservation, among others Bayard lives in Washington, D.C.


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    1. This book may not be for everyone. But if you are a lover of words - and in particular, the rich complex 19th Century literary (and often poetic) style of Edgar Allan Poe, this book is a treat. Yes, it's a mystery - with multiple gruesome and bloody deaths and murders at its heart - but more than that, it's an exploration of complex and dark characters, human beingsd exploration of the darkside of the psyche. The book has a slow pace - almost measured - and it takes its time developing the stran [...]


    2. Mystery. This was going to get four stars, right up until twenty pages from the end, at which point it seriously pissed me off.Augustus Landor, retired New York constable, recounts his involvement in a murder investigation that takes place at West Point in 1830. Guest starring Edgar Allan Poe. I thoroughly enjoyed the first 387 pages of this novel. It's a nice little mystery with a hint of the supernatural and lots of cold West Point atmosphere. Bayard is an engaging writer. His prose is clear a [...]


    3. Kudos to Louis Bayard for this unique and cleverly crafted murder mystery set in the early days of The US Military Academy at West Point, an unlikely setting, but not as unusual as the casting of Cadet Fourth Class Edgar Allan Poe in a lead role. Poe indeed attended West Point - albeit briefly - a historical fact which the talented Bayard uses to full advantage in spinning a tale that apes Poe's macabre, eerie, surrealist style, while at the same time capturing intrigue and enigma that could pas [...]


    4. When retired constable Gus Landor is summoned out of his upstate New York retirement to investigate a strange death at the not-yet-permanent West Point, he encounters a charismatic, brilliant cadet named Edgar Allen Poe. The two team up to solve the mystery, using the techniques the estimable Mr. Poe would apply in helping establish the murder mystery genre. Bayard is up to his usual tricks here, delving into literary history for characters and notions and coming up with a rollicking good time. [...]


    5. Audio. There are many well-written reviews of this book on . I loved reading the reviews and seeing why people liked this book. I just didn't like it that well. I haven't read a lot of Edgar Allen Poe and although I understand that the language in this book was supposed to be indicative of his style, it was just too wordy and flowery for me. It dragged in too many places and the fun parts were few and far between. It would have been better for me had it all been more like this;"Oh, Leah, let me [...]


    6. I find myself on a Louis Bayard binge. I quite enjoyed The Black Tower, and just finished this one and was impressed as well. In the historical fiction crime mystery genre (which I often find myself gravitating towards a la Matthew Pearl and Caleb Carr), these are excellent. The Pale Blue Eye includes a young Edgar Allen Poe during his short time at West Point. Always read to the very last page with Bayard.


    7. 19th Century West PointWonderful characters and creative story that involves cadets gone missing and then found dead with hearts cut out. On the first instance, Mr. Landor, a retired constable who lived close by was recruited by the academy to solve the death -suicide or murder? "Sylvanus Thayer had just asked me to save the honor of the U.S. Military Academy by once more taking up the work I had sworn off for good"Landor asks permission to have inside help and speaks with candidates. Among them [...]


    8. The Pale Blue Eye by Louis Bayard is, like the writings of one of his characters, a tale of mystery and imagination. Set at West Point in the 19th Century, the novel has all the flavor and ambiance befitting such a setting. I love reading books that fictionalize real people. Bayard fictionalizes the leadership of West Point at that time, as well as one of the most eccentric writers in American history.The chief investigator of this mystery/detective novel enlists one Cadet Edgar Allen Poe to ass [...]


    9. You can't swing a dead cat these days without hitting a book with historical characters in a fictional setting. And I swing a lot of dead cats, believe me.When it's done well, though, who cares how many of them there are? And Louis Bayard does it well. Fresh off his fine "Mr. Timothy," his look at Dickens' Tiny Tim as an adult (OK, so Tiny Tim wasn’t historical, but you get the idea), Bayard threw Edgar Allan Poe into a novel. No, he’s not the first (or last) to do this, but "The Pale Blue E [...]


    10. Let me preface this by saying that I'm not an avid reader of mystery novels in their pure "detective" form. I've read most of Sherlock Holmes. I've also read numerous "juvenile" mysteries over time (Hardy Boys and the like). I've also read numerous short stories including the "first" detective story, "The Murders in the Rue Morgue" by E.A.Poe.That said, I'm a big fan of a good mystery that really puzzles and gets you pondering. I've also always been a good fan of Poe and the themes and tones in [...]


    11. Já há alguns anos que andava de olho nesta obra e, com a promoção da Sábado/Saída de Emergência, tive a oportunidade de o adquirir por um preço mais interessante. Não pude resistir! E o resultado foi fantástico: há muito tempo que não lia um livro deste género tão bom!Gosto de um bom thriller; seja em filme ou em livro. Uma história com mistério, intensa, poderosa. E se for passada no século XIX melhor ainda, uma vez que essa época é, por excelência, a melhor para estes temas [...]


    12. Retired detective Gus Landor is brought to West Point to investigate the hanging death of a cadet and the theft of his heart. To assist in his investigation, he drafts a cadet by the name of Edgar Allen Poe.Bayard writes using language and sentence structure appropriate for the time setting of this novel (1830), so his prose is more ‘flowery’ than the norm today and loaded with metaphors (“to find the snowflakes still spilling like hoarded coins from the sky’s cloud-purses” as example [...]


    13. When I was about 20 pages from the end of this, and I assumed I had just read the big conclusion scene, I was disappointed in the book. I didn't think the scene fit all the build up. But then I kept reading. Hoooooly twist, Batman! In like, the last 5 pages. I loved it. I definitely don't think this is a book for everyone, but if you're into the really thick and rich 19th century style writing, you'll enjoy it.


    14. Opinião publicada em: As Horas que me preenchem de prazer.Em Os Olhos de Allan Poe, a história tem como pano de fundo a academia militar de West Point, pelo ano de 1830. Neste local ocorre uma morte peculiar, assumindo contornos tenebrosos quando o cadáver desaparece e é posteriormente encontrado com o coração extraído.Para a investigação deste caso é destacado Landor, um investigador reformado, residente nas redondezas desde há alguns anos, que terá como objectivo descobrir os culpa [...]


    15. Louis Bayard has written an extraordinary novel in The Pale Blue Eye. Ostensibly, it's a work of historical fiction: the US West Point Academy, on the banks of the Hudson River, and the cadets who toiled there in 1830 are leading characters; Edgar Allan Poe, a cadet that year; Sylvanus Thayer, the commander; Gouverneur Kemble, arms manufacturer; these and other real life figures take roles in this purely fictional murder mystery. It is largely told by Gus Landor, a retired constable from New Yor [...]


    16. I don't know what to say Haha! Sorry, that seemed like a bad start for a review. And this book even took me a while to finish. Okay here goes;Louis Bayard is not Umberto Eco, who i have liked a lot after reading The Name of the Rose. However, there is something in The Pale Blue Eye that makes you want to scratch your eye out Or maybe just pull your hair off (as this should be less painful). Surely this wasn't the MOST amazing detective story and I would have to agree with some who had reviewed t [...]


    17. THE PALE BLUE EYE (Historical-West Point, NY- 1830) – GBayard, Louis – StandaloneHarperCollins, 2006- Hardcover*** Augustus Landor, a former New York City Police detective. is summoned to West Point and asked to investigate the hanging and mutilation of Cadet Louis Fry. Landor agrees to take the case but asks for the assistance of a cadet to be his “observer” within the community of cadets and West Point. The cadet his selects is somewhat older than the rest, has a somewhat mysterious pa [...]


    18. I would have given this book 4.5 stars if possible. I have recently read Louis Bayard's more recent book The Black Tower and enjoyed it tremendously. However, I think this previous offering is even better. To be honest, initially, the early 19th century, Poe-esque language was a bit cumbersome - but that is fault of me the reader, not the story itself. Once I became more comfortable navigating the verbiage, I came to appreciate the character and complexity of the writing. In the end, the style a [...]


    19. 3.5 starsI really enjoyed this novel, but I felt that it dragged a bit. I liked Bayard's fictional representation of a young Poe during his time at West Point. It's easy to imagine the lovestruck poet/cadet of Bayard's imagination becoming the man that would one day captivate the world with his words. It's even more satisfying that this fictional Poe ends up surpassing the reader's expectations in a twist ending that I honestly didn't see coming.Poe deserved far better accolades during his troub [...]


    20. Bayard's setting of West Point during its early years when Edgar Allan Poe was a cadet made for such an exceptionally fascinating mystery. Poe's poetic/literary personality was aptly captured in the written reports he presented to Landor, the retired New York police detective in charge of the murder investigation, and in Poe's interactions with Landor and others. You may think you have the mystery figured out, but it's doubtful you will see the twist coming at the end. Great reading!


    21. I love Louis Bayard!This is the second of his novels I have read and will continue to read more!I'm never too keen on using real life literary persons in fiction. I find that they turn out too "fluffy". (With exception to Laurie King and Sherlock Holmes/Mary Russell)Bayard's use of Edgar Allen Poe as a West Point cadet and his eventual "assistant" is very good and I didn't feel he made Poe silly or just there as a plot device.The story is suspenseful without being overly violent or gory. And qui [...]


    22. Some historical figures are so eccentric they seem as if they've stepped out of the pages of fiction; Edgar Allan Poe, creator of some of literature's most fantastical characters, is certainly one of them. Born to impoverished actors, addicted to alcohol and gambling, and dead at 40 of still disputed causes, it was just a matter of time before another writer plucked the man who is credited with inventing the detective story (The Murder in the Rue Morgue) from the dryness of historical fact, and [...]


    23. Again he sprang upd again he faltered. Why, I couldn't tell you. Was it the difference in our sizes? (I could have laid him flat, I suppose, if I'd had a mind to.) More likely it was the difference in our power, which is another thing altogether. There comes a time, I think, in every man's life when he is forced to see his utter helplessness. He spends his last penny on a drink, or the woman he loves sweeps her plate clean of him, or he learns that the man he has trusted with everything wishes h [...]


    24. I liked this so much more than I thought I would!Well written - well that is a given, if you have read the other reviews.An EXCELLENT mystery, right up there with the genre's best mysteries ever.A great main character - I was genuinely intrigued by Augustus Landor. I liked him, I wanted to know more about him, and his characterisation was great.I have to address the Poe aspect, of course. Funnily enough this was why I intially held back from reading the book. I expected the book to be very much [...]


    25. Well, Reader, rating this book put me in a lot of trouble. Much depends on what you are looking for in the read. If your prime choice is language, which is flowery, original to the era and full of sofisticated stanzas, alas some historical characters and settings mingled with the fictious context, then this read is definitely for you, and I hurry to admit that I missrated it. But if, by no means you cannot stand too long descriptions, deliberately detailed analysis of poetry and human condition [...]


    26. During the hours before his death, Augustus Langor, retired former NYC detective and widower recalls the circumstances surrounding his investigation of the gruesome murder of a cadet at West Point. The year is 1830 and the institution had not yet earned the reputation it enjoys today so the powers that be engage his services in an attempt to avoid any negative publicity. During his investigation he enlists the help of Cadet Edgar Allan Poe to be his eyes and ears on campus, holding clandestine m [...]


    27. Sometimes all I want as a reader is a good whodunit mystery. I found that and more with Louis Bayard’s wonderful sophomore novel The Pale Blue Eye. Set in Upstate New York, specifically The West Point Military Academy. After the apparent suicide and then the subsequence disappearance of the body, the military calls in retired NYC police detective Gus Landor. What follows is a traditional mystery novel with all the usuals, an abundance of possible suspects, additional murders, and the like. Wit [...]


    28. I'd give it 2.5 stars if I could, because this book left me feeling very torn. In brief, West Point cadet Edgar Allan Poe helps solve a murder mystery with a retired New York detective. Someone is killing cadets and removing their hearts. The author has done a good job in capturing Poe & his time period, as well as the language used. But the ending left me cold. Don't get me wrong, I enjoy a "twist" ending very much.heck, that's why I watch Law & Order. And I don't read a lot of mysterie [...]


    29. Louis Bayard is a consummate, critically acclaimed writer of literary historical novels - and The Pale Blue Eye adds to that high level of achievement by also being a murder mystery! PLUS - a young, very odd, very eccentric, and ultimately very likeable Edgar Allen Poe is one of the main characters. Set during Poe's 1-2 year "training" at a barely established West Point (c. 1830), Poe is commandeered to help a retired NYC detective (Augustus Landon) to infiltrate the close ranks of West Point ca [...]


    30. Louis is an incredible writer who blends to works of famed authors like Poe, Shakespeare,and Dickens with his work. It's an incredible new genre that he may have created himself? I am in awe of his creativity and brilliant writing. Very beautiful writing style as well without being over the top. I agree with another reviewer below that this may not be for everyone, but I find it to be an intriguing and refreshingly unique style. Try it - you may find that you are hooked like me!On a fun side nig [...]


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