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The white devil : a novel
Justin Evans
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From Publishers' Weekly:

Harrow, the elite English boys school, provides the setting for Evans's gripping second novel (after A Good and Happy Child). Andrew Taylor, a 17-year-old American expelled from a Connecticut prep school for heroin use, gets into Harrow thanks to his father's generous gift to the school, one of whose more illustrious alumni is Lord Byron. In a cemetery on nearby Harrow-on-the-Hill, Andrew is horrified to witness the murder of a fellow student and resident of the Lot, a dilapidated dormitory reputed to be haunted, at the hands of a pale skeletal figure in an old-fashioned frock coat. Soon plagued by nightmares, Andrew learns that someone resembling this gaunt figure appeared in a performance of John Webster's Jacobean tragedy, The White Devil, at Harrow in 1803. Meanwhile, cast in the role of Lord Byron in a play written by drunken and bitter housemaster Piers Fawkes, Andrew finds himself adopting Byron's exotic lifestyle amid a love affair, a TB epidemic, and various bizarre elements in this disturbing gothic thriller. (May) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

From Library Journal:

Seventeen-year-old Andrew Taylor is whisked from his Connecticut prep school to Harrow, an exclusive British academy with an illustrious alumni list, in hopes that his troubled past will not follow him across the pond. But when he's cast as the lead in a play spotlighting one of Harrow's most distinguished graduates, the enigmatic Lord Byron, Andrew finds himself enmeshed in a centuries-old mystery that quickly turns deadly. Either Andrew is going mad or the Harrovian legend about the school being haunted by a malevolent spirit is true. A magnificent blend of horror, mystery, and bildungsroman, Evans's (A Good and Happy Child) belletristic creep fest incorporates the best elements of gothic fiction, reading like a cross between Robert Cormier's The Chocolate War and Dennis Lehane's blockbuster Shutter Island. Verdict Intelligent, accessible, and just plain scary, this literary ghost story hails back to the classic traditions of Charles Dickens, Shirley Jackson, and Daphne du Maurier-the days before "horror" was synonymous with "vampire." A breath of fresh graveyard air for horrorholics; fans of Dan Simmons, Anne Rice, and Joyce Carol Oates will inhale it.-Jeanne Bogino, New Lebanon Lib., NY (c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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Age: 17
Sent to a British boarding school; evil always follows him; investigating an unsolved mystery by the poet Lord Byron who attended the same boarding school.

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