Boston 1865. A series of murders, all of them inspired by scenes from Dante's Inferno. Only an elite group of America's first Dante scholars - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Oliver Wendall 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. Includes authors notes and readers guide. Paperback. 380 pgs.