England 1819: Thomas Shield, a new master at a school just outside London, is tutor to a young American boy and the boy's sensitive best friend, Charles Frant. Drawn to Frant's beautiful, unhappy mother, Thomas becomes caught up in her family's twisted intrigues.Then a brutal crime is committed, with consequences that threaten to destroy Thomas and all that he has come to hold dear. Despite his efforts, Shield is caught up in a deadly tangle of sex, money, murder, and lies, a tangle that grips him tighter even as he tries to escape from it. And what of the strange American child at the heart of these macabre events? What is the secret of the boy named Edgar Allan Poe?More
"A wonderful book, richly composed and beautifully written, an enthralling read from start to finish." (The Times)
"Jennings reads with such enormous variety that we are consumed by his characterizations." (AudioFile)
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Ruined by abridgement and poor sound quality.