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I thought this book was quite ambitious, and fairly successful at what it sets out to accomplish. Having Longfellow, Oliver Wendell Holmes (senior), and James Russell Lowell fictionalized into a sort of League of Extraordinarily Literary Gentleman who hunt down a serial killer is getting to be almost old hat, going back to "The Seven-Percent Solution" in the 1970s. This may be the last entry into the genre which I find entertaining. The story is more than a little contrived, but not outlandish or unrespectable. The famous characters are well-researched and presented with sensitivity and affection, although the anachronisms fly off the page (and into the ear). This is no "Seven-Percent", but it's also ten times better than anything Caleb Carr has ever written. I look forward to seeing what Matthew Pearl comes out with next time.
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I'm sorry to say that I have never read Dante. "The Dante Club" was a good intro - at least now when I come across references to "The Inferno" as one does frequently in literature, I will be familiar with the allusion. The narrator was excellent, (it's always a relief to have someone other than Scott Brick doing the reading.) The characters were vividly drawn and the story was exciting and suspenseful. The ending was satisfying in that it was surprising and believable. I will definitely download more books written by Mathew Pearl and books narrated by Boyd Gaines.
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