a former detective and a moody young assistant with a murky past

Mystery Book Club to discuss ‘The Pale Blue Eye’

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On Thursday, March 4, Thomaston Public Library’s Mystery Book Club will meet over Zoom, at 2 p.m., to discuss The Pale Blue Eye by Louis Bayard.

From the publisher:

“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 more bodies. Soon, however, the macabre murders and Landor's own buried secrets threaten to tear the two men and their newly formed friendship apart.”


The Thomaston Public Library Mystery Book Club meets on the first Thursday of the month to discuss literary mysteries, frequently by international authors. Contact the library at (207) 354-2453 or library@thomastonmaine.gov for more information or to be added to the email list.

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Thu, 03/04/2021 - 2:00pm

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