Author(s): Matthew Pearl
In his most enthralling novel yet, the critically acclaimed author Matthew Pearl reopens one of literary historyÃÂÃÂ¢ÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂs 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 DickensÃÂÃÂ¢ÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂs 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 DickensÃÂÃÂ¢ÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂs unfinished novel. But when DanielÃÂÃÂ¢ÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂs 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 DanielÃÂÃÂ¢ÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂs killer. Danger and intrigue abound on the journey to England, for which Osgood has chosen Rebecca Sand, DanielÃÂÃÂ¢ÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂs older sister, to assist him. As they attempt to uncover DickensÃÂÃÂ¢ÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂs 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 DickensÃÂÃÂ¢ÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂs inner circle. They soon realize that understanding DickensÃÂÃÂ¢ÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂs lost ending is a matter of life and death, and the hidden key to stopping a murderous mastermind.