New PDF release: Edgard Allan Poe y el misterio de la bella cigarrera

By Daniel Stashower

El 28 de julio de 1841 el hallazgo en el río Hudson del cuerpo sin vida, con visibles señales de violencia, de Mary Rogers, una joven conocida en todo Nueva York como «la bella cigarrera», dio inicio a uno de los más famosos «crímenes del siglo». Policías, jueces, forenses y comités de ciudadanos se esforzarían inútilmente por resolverlo, mientras los angeles prensa, sedienta de sangre y de ethical, creaba uno de los primeros «sucesos» sensacionalistas. Se multiplicaron los sospechosos y las conjeturas. Se escribieron novelas y romances. ¿Estaba en realidad l. a. joven viva? ¿Había sido víctima de una banda de maleantes? ¿De un amante despechado? ¿Quién period el hombre «de tez morena» con el que se l. a. vio antes de desaparecer?

Edgar Allan Poe, que seguía el caso con interés y necesitaba desesperadamente un éxito para relanzar su carrera, tuvo l. a. inspiration de reconstruirlo en El misterio de Marie Rogêt (incluido en un apéndice a esta edición), un relato paralelo ambientado en París y protagonizado por el detective Auguste C. Dupin. Tenía asimismo l. a. ambición de resolver el misterio y señalar al culpable, pero l. a. realidad, con inesperadas revelaciones, se le adelantó. En Edgar Allan Poe y el misterio de l. a. bella cigarrera Daniel Stashower cuenta los ardides del escritor para acomodar los angeles ficción a los angeles realidad y traza un magnífico retrato de su vida y de su medio. Mezcla de biografía y relato de suspense, éste es un libro imprescindible para los amantes de Poe y de las historias de detectives.

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Nobody’s as bad as he is,’’ Dot said. ’’ ‘‘Well, stick around for the funeral,’’ she suggested. ’’ ‘‘You’re a big help,’’ Keller said. There was only one Crowder listed in the Martingale phone book. Lyman Crowder, with a telephone number but no address. About a third of the book’s listings were like that. Keller wondered why. Did these people assume everybody knew where they lived in 28 L A W R E N C E B L O C K a town this size? Or were they saddle tramps with cellular phones and no fixed abode?

If he’d wanted to know Edith’s exact reasoning he’d have had to ask her, and that had struck him as a waste of time. More 48 L A W R E N C E B L O C K to the point, the last thing he’d wanted was a chance to get to know her. That just screwed everything up, when you got to know these people. If you were going to ride a thousand miles to kill a man you’d never met, you were really well advised to be the tight-lipped stranger every step of the way. No point in talking to anybody, not the target, not the client, and not anybody else, either.

How long before news of her death found its way to White Plains? The more he thought about it, the longer it seemed likely to take. If there were, as sometimes happened, a whole string of intermediaries involved, the message might very well never get to Garcia. Maybe the simplest thing was to kill Crowder and be done with it. No, he thought. He’d just made a side trip of, yes, more than a thousand miles—and at his own expense, yet—solely to keep from having to kill this legendary Man He Never Met.

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