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A unique historical mystery series

Thoreau had all the makings of a great crime solver - the analytical skills of a surveyor, the observational skills of a scientist, a photographic memory, and a passion for collecting arcane information.  His instinct for detecting human foibles was razor-sharp and he had a heart-felt
sense of justice.  And like most legendary detectives, he marched to his own drummer. 

Thoreau's life has been well documented but never before has this story been told:


Thoreau is twenty-nine and living at Walden Pond when he discovers the body of a young black man, perhaps a run-away slave, at the bottom of a cliff.  The death is dismissed as accidental despite strong evidence of murder and Thoreau is compelled to seek out the truth, aided by his friends Dr. Adam Walker and the artist Julia Bell. Their investigation leads them to the most disreputable area of Victorian Boston and involves a womanizing army captain, his brutal sidekick, a displaced
Cherokee accused of a vicious slaying, and an affable yet ruthless erotic art engraver. 
Before Thoreau can return to his quiet contemplations, a merciless killer must be
unmasked, confronted and brought to justice.

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“A favorite literary figure shows an unexpected flair for detection in this historical mystery. 
Original and charming.”  —Laura Joh Rowland, author of The Incense Game

“Well researched, captivating and compelling until the very end, Thoreau at Devil’s Perch
is both mystery and love story...—Anna Loan-Wilsey, author of Anything But Civil

“B. B. Oak brings Thoreau’s nineteenth-century world to vivid life in this intriguing
puzzler that will keep you guessing to the terrifying end.” —Victoria Thompson,
author of Murder in Chelsea

"In this promising debut...Thoreau is ...erudite, eccentric, waxing philosophical
about his love of nature, and a natural detective." – Publisher's Weekly


* “Talk of mysteries! — Think of our life in nature, — The solid earth! The actual world!
Contact! Contact! Who are we? Where are we?
”– Henry David Thoreau