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Not Quite Dead

Not Quite Dead

John MacLachlan Gray

Minotaur Books

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On a rust-bucket cargo ship bound from Liverpool to the United States in 1848, an Irish stowaway named Devlin steals a suspicious package after witnessing it changing hands between two sea captains. All he finds is a seemingly worthless pile of papers marked "David Copperfield, Final Four Numbers, by Charles Dickens." Devlin is determined to see if he can somehow turn events to his advantage by paying a call on Dickens's American publisher.
A year later, a newly admitted patient to a Baltimore hospital, a disreputable writer who goes by the name of Edgar Allan Poe, is clearly raving mad, which makes it easy to dismiss his claims to have information about the murder of an innocent woman.
Meanwhile, the eminent English novelist Charles Dickens has embarked on a tour of America, where his views are not received as he would have wished. Dickens's growing discomfort reaches new heights of intensity when he finds himself sharing disreputable lodgings---and reluctantly collaborating with---none other than Edgar Allan Poe, who has gone into hiding after faking his own death in a desperate attempt to escape the Irish mob.
Like White Stone Day, which The Washington Post hailed as "a Dickens of a thriller," this is a brilliantly imaginative tale in which crime and literature intersect in surprising ways.

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Chapter 1

Here begin the memoirs of Dr. William Chivers, not to be read until the author's demise.


I do not expect that my tale will enhance my reputation. I can but trust the fair-minded reader to take into account my years of service...

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Praise for Not Quite Dead

"A deep streak of black humor and an imaginative plot make for another rich read from the talented Gray." - Booklist

"Achingly, and really very darkly, funny. Read Not Quite Dead immediately." - William Gibson, author of Spook Country

"This terrific book, Gray's best, is a witty tour de force of historical reconstruction." - The Globe and Mail

"Witty, stylish, literate fun." - Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

"A highly recommended literary thriller that can be read for its vital, fully human characters, its fluid dialogue, its thoroughly researched world of 19th-century America, its play with the language, its humor, its irony." - Literary Review of Canada

About the author

John MacLachlan Gray

John MacLachlan Gray is a writer-composer-performer for the stage, television, film, radio, and print. He is best known for his stage musicals. Billy Bishop Goes to War was produced on Broadway by Mike Nichols in 1980, and was the most produced show in America for four years. He has received the Governor General's Medal, the Gordon Montador Award, a Los Angeles Critic's Circle Award, a gold at the New York Television Festival, and a silver Hugo. He lives in Vancouver with his wife and two sons.

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