This week's literary selection qualifies as a classic "high-concept" novel, a wonderful mixture of death and terror that features real historical figures of great intellect: Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Oliver Wendell Holmes, and James Russell Lowell.
The book is called THE DANTE CLUB and is by Matthew Pearl. The premise is great: a group of 19th-century Bostonians gather to translate Dante's Inferno for an American audience and soon find themselves on the trail of a serial killer who tortures his victims in ways that seem to be taken straight out of the pages of Inferno.
The research and historical aspects of the novel are impressive and captivating, as is the story itself. It is a great thriller/mystery for those looking for something a little different, something more in-depth than your average crime novel.