Retail pak Simon & Schuster Audio 2003
CS ISBN 0743517911 $26.00 Four cassettes
CD ISBN 074351792X $30.00 Five CDs
In his literary debut, author Matthew Pearl tells the fictional story of Cambridge icons Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Oliver Wendell Holmes, James Lowell, and J.T. Fields working to find a vicious serial killer who fashions crimes after scenes from Dante's INFERNO. Seasoned actor Boyd Gaines brings the grisly scenes to life, providing just enough of a highbrow Boston accent to the four lead characters to differentiate personalities and keep the listener riveted. His pacing is superb; he speeds through passages of high excitement but assumes a leisurely read to build suspense. His best performance is his reading of Longfellow's lines; he seems to capture the calm essence of the poet with each word spoken. H.L.S. (c) AudioFile 2003, Portland, Maine [Published: APR/MAY 03]
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