Ballantine, Aug 2004, 24.95, 308 pp.
In 1845, the Raven and several scathing reviews in newspapers have brought fame to Edgar Allan Poe. He relocated to Manhattan accompanied by his fragile spouse and his mother-in-law. However, the city is in an angry uproar as someone is killing and scalping people. The locals believe that Indian Chief Wolf Bear, working in P.T. Barnum's sideshow, is the serial killer and a lynch mob forms.
However, Kit Carson arrives in time to prove that Chief Wolf Bear is innocent and that the reprehensible John "Liver-Eating” Johnson is the killer. Joining ranks Kit and Edgar follow the deadly trail that includes a mysterious albino client of the author. While Edgar would prefer to say NEVERMORE and Kit believes a big city is HUMBUG, both know they must stop this vicious murderer before he adds more to his scalp collection.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner