An Unpardonable Crime

Version: Unabridged
Author: Andrew Taylor
Narrator: Simon Vance
Genres: Detective Stories
Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks
Published In: March 2004
# of Units: 13 CDs
Length: 15 hours, 48 minutes
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England 1819. Two enigmatic Americans arrive in London and soon after a bank collapses. A man is found dead on a building site; another goes missing in the teeming stews of the city's notorious Seven Dials district. A deathbed vigil ends in an act of theft, and a beautiful heiress flirts with her inferiors. A strange destiny connects each of these events to an American boy, Edgar Allan Poe, who was brought to England by his foster father and sent to the leafy village of Stoke Newington to be educated.

An Unpardonable Crime is a twenty-first-century novel with a nineteenth-century voice. It is both a multilayered literary murder mystery and a love story, its setting ranging from the coal-scented fogs of late-Regency London to the stark winter landscapes of Gloucestershire. And at its center is the boy who does not really belong anywhere, an actor who never learns the significance of his part.

Reviews (1)

An Unpardonable Crime

Written by Margo on March 19th, 2012

  • Book Rating: 4/5

A Dickensian mystery - wtih a lot of interesting characters. You have to like this type of literature. I found it very enjoyable.

Author Details

Author Details

Taylor, Andrew

Andrew Taylor is a historian and the author of "God's Fugitive," a biography of the great British explorer C. M. Doughty. He lives in England.