The Last Dickens

The Last Dickens

A Novel

Book - 2009
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In his most enthralling novel yet, the critically acclaimed author Matthew Pearl reopens one of literary history's greatest mysteries.The Last Dickens is a tale filled with the dazzling twists and turns, the unerring period details, and the meticulous research that thrilled readers of the bestsellers The Dante Club and The Poe Shadow. Boston, 1870. When news of Charles Dickens's untimely death reaches the office of his struggling American publisher, Fields & Osgood, partner James Osgood sends his trusted clerk Daniel Sand to await the arrival of Dickens's unfinished novel. But when Daniel's body is discovered by the docks and the manuscript is nowhere to be found, Osgood must embark on a transatlantic quest to unearth the novel that he hopes will save his venerable business and reveal Daniel's killer. Danger and intrigue abound on the journey to England, for which Osgood has chosen Rebecca Sand, Daniel's older sister, to assist him. As they attempt to uncover Dickens's final mystery, Osgood and Rebecca find themselves racing the clock through a dangerous web of literary lions and drug dealers, sadistic thugs and blue bloods, and competing members of Dickens's inner circle. They soon realize that understanding Dickens's lost ending is a matter of life and death, and the hidden key to stopping a murderous mastermind.
Publisher: New York : Random House, 2009
ISBN: 9781400066568
Branch Call Number: PEAR
Characteristics: 386 p

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claire1953
Apr 15, 2012

After looking forward to reading this book, I was somewhat disappointed. The premise for the story is interesting (the loss of Dickenses' last but uncompleted novel) and the search which sends the hero to London. I found, however, that the storyline was hard to follow, probably because the various characters aren't developed enough and seem to appear out nowhere.

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bshokal
Aug 31, 2010

Enjoyed the book - a good depiction of the social climate of the time and an interesting take on the unfinished last novel of Dickens.

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