Biography

Matthew Pearl

Matthew Pearl's novels have been international and New York Times bestsellers translated into more than 30 languages. His nonfiction writing has appeared in the New York Times, the Boston Globe, the Atavist and Slate.com. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution writes that Matthew's books are part of "the growing genre of novel being written nowadays --- the learned, challenging kind that does not condescend." Globe and Mail declares him "a writer of rare talents," Library Journal calls Matthew "the reigning king of popular literary historical thrillers," and the New York Daily News raves "if the past is indeed a foreign country, Matthew Pearl has your passport." Matthew has been named one of The Next Big Things by Details Magazine and was chosen Best Author for Boston Magazine's 2013 Best of Boston. He received the 2013 Massachusetts Book Award for Fiction.

Matthew Pearl

Books by Matthew Pearl

by Matthew Pearl - Fiction, Historical Fiction

Pen Davenport is the most infamous bookaneer in Europe. A master of disguise, he makes his living stalking harbors, coffeehouses and print shops for the latest manuscript to steal. For a hundred years, loose copyright laws and a hungry reading public created a unique opportunity: books could be published without an author’s permission. Yet on the eve of the 20th century, the bookaneers are on the verge of extinction, as a new international treaty is signed to grind this literary underground to a sharp halt. THE LAST BOOKANEER tells the astonishing story of these literary thieves’ epic final heist.

by Matthew Pearl - Fiction, Historical Fiction, Historical Thriller, Suspense, Thriller

At the close of the Civil War, students at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology form a secret society that is determined to find the truth behind a recent string of commercial disasters.

by Matthew Pearl - Fiction, Historical Fiction

Baltimore, 1849.  The public, the press, and even Edagar Allen Poe’s own family and friends accept the conclusion that Poe was a second-rate writer who met a disgraceful end as a drunkard. Everyone, in fact, seems to believe this except a young Baltimore lawyer named Quentin Clark, who puts his own career and reputation at risk in a passionate crusade to salvage Poe’s.

by Matthew Pearl - Fiction, Thriller

Boston, 1865. A series of murders, all of them inspired by scenes in Dante’s Inferno. Only an elite group of America’s first Dante scholars—Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Oliver Wendell Holmes, James Russell Lowell, and J. T. Fields—can solve the mystery. With the police baffled, more lives endangered, and Dante’s literary future at stake, the Dante Club must shed its sheltered literary existence and find the killer.et.