The American Boy – Andrew Taylor


Interweaving real and fictional elements, ‘The American Boy’ is a major literary historical crime novel in the tradition of ‘An Instance of the Fingerpost’ and ‘Possession’. Repackaged as part of the Perennial fiction promotion.

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 dearly value. Despite his efforts, Shield is caught up in a deadly tangle of sex, money, murder and lies – a tangle that grips him even tighter 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?

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