The Dante Club is by Matthew Pearl. It's 1865 in Boston. Longfellow, Lowell and Holmes (three of New England's most famous poets) and J.T. Fields (their publisher) are endeavoring to translate Dante's Divine Comedy into English. Not only do they face opposition from the Harvard establishment, someone is now murdering prominent citizens in ways that mirror Dante's Inferno. To save their beloved Dante and to stop the killings the poets must leave their sheltered literary world and hunt down a vicious killer. A charming blend of historical fiction and crime novels. Fans of American poetry and Dante will really enjoy this story. It may even encourage newbies to attempt Dante's masterpiece for themselves.
Ratings: Adult - 9 out of 10 - V (violence) - AC (some mature thematic content).