THE POE CONSEQUENCE

by Keith Steinbaum (Author)

What can these two enemies do to survive against an unstoppable power intent on their mutual destruction?

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In a section of Los Angeles near Dodger Stadium, two rival gangs rule in the streets. For the Alvarado Street Diablos, it’s been a year since the murder of one of their closest members at the hands of their sworn enemy, the North Rampart Lobos. A drive-by killing in his honor is planned, but things go wrong and an innocent bystander is the victim. Several hours later the one who pulled the trigger suffers a horrifying death never before seen in its uniqueness. Many more such cases follow, all involving only these two gangs among the hundreds throughout the city. And each death occurs at the same time of the day. The exact same time of day. What can these two enemies do to survive against an unstoppable power intent on their mutual destruction? How is a gang-hating young boy’s attempt to save the life of a gang member tied into preventing a loved one’s soul from eternal damnation? What does a mysterious psychic’s prophecy conveyed earlier in New Orleans have to do with all of this? Exploring both the hope and darkness that define our emotions, The Poe Consequence integrates social and ethnic divisions through acts of fate and supernatural horror for the reader to observe and imagine.

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"Steinbaum tells a story that intelligently and respectfully addresses issues of race and violence. A grounded urban tale that's enhanced but not dominated by touches of otherworldliness." - Kirkus Reviews "The Poe Consequence is very very good. No, that's an understatement; the talent with which author Keith Steinbaum creates and maintains multiple levels of meaning, juggling a vast cast of characters, and reaching into the inner recesses of each of these characters is awe-inspiring! Definitely a Best of its year and I will be seeking it out to reread." - Mallory Heart Reviews "It's amazing to realize that this is a first novel for Steinbaum. Got to say I loved the subject, the story line, and implementation merge of today's world with the one present during Poe's time. Whew! The Poe Consequence is scary, eloquent, weird, literary writing at its finest and a story worthy, in my opinion, of being a follow-up to Poe's classics." - Glenda Bixler, Book Reader's Heaven

Keith Steinbaum (Author)

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Keith Steinbaum is the author of two novels with a third one on the way soon. His Beatles-themed murder mystery, You Say Goodbye, received first place honors for its genre in the TopShelf Book Awards competition and the Maincrest Media Awards competition. His supernatural thriller, The Poe Consequence, also received First Place honors through the Book Excellence Awards and Maincrest Media Award competitions. Look for his next novel, a time-traveling cemetery story titled, In Lieu of Flowers, in late March, 2024.

THE POE CONSEQUENCE

"Steinbaum tells a story that intelligently and respectfully addresses issues of race and violence. A grounded urban tale that's enhanced but not dominated by touches of otherworldliness." - Kirkus Reviews "The Poe Consequence is very very good. No, that's an understatement; the talent with which author Keith Steinbaum creates and maintains multiple levels of meaning, juggling a vast cast of characters, and reaching into the inner recesses of each of these characters is awe-inspiring! Definitely a Best of its year and I will be seeking it out to reread." - Mallory Heart Reviews "It's amazing to realize that this is a first novel for Steinbaum. Got to say I loved the subject, the story line, and implementation merge of today's world with the one present during Poe's time. Whew! The Poe Consequence is scary, eloquent, weird, literary writing at its finest and a story worthy, in my opinion, of being a follow-up to Poe's classics." - Glenda Bixler, Book Reader's Heaven

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