Matthew Pearl, author of The Technologists, on tour February/March 2012

Posted By on November 28, 2011

About The Technologists

Hardcover: 496 pages

Publisher: Random House (February 21, 2012)

The acclaimed author of The Dante Club reinvigorates the historical thriller. Matthew Pearl’s spellbinding new novel transports readers to tumultuous nineteenth-century Boston, where the word “technology” represents a bold and frightening new concept. The fight for the future will hinge on . . .


Boston, 1868. The Civil War may be over but a new war has begun, one between the past and the present, tradition and technology. On a former marshy wasteland, the daring Massachusetts Institute of Technology is rising, its mission to harness science for the benefit of all and to open the doors of opportunity to everyone of merit. But in Boston Harbor a fiery cataclysm throws commerce into chaos, as ships’ instruments spin inexplicably out of control. Soon after, another mysterious catastrophe devastates the heart of the city. Is it sabotage by scientific means or Nature revolting against man’s attempt to control it?

The shocking disasters cast a pall over M.I.T. and provoke assaults from all sides—rival Harvard, labor unions, and a sensationalistic press. With their first graduation and the very survival of their groundbreaking college now in doubt, a band of the Institute’s best and brightest students secretly come together to save innocent lives and track down the truth, armed with ingenuity and their unique scientific training.

Led by “charity scholar” Marcus Mansfield, a quiet Civil War veteran and one-time machinist struggling to find his footing in rarefied Boston society, the group is rounded out by irrepressible Robert Richards, the bluest of Beacon Hill bluebloods; Edwin Hoyt, class genius; and brilliant freshman Ellen Swallow, the Institute’s lone, ostracized female student. Working against their small secret society, from within and without, are the arrayed forces of a stratified culture determined to resist change at all costs and a dark mastermind bent on the utter destruction of the city.

Studded with suspense and soaked in the rich historical atmosphere for which its author is renowned, The Technologists is a dazzling journey into a dangerous world not so very far from our own, as the America we know today begins to shimmer into being.

The Technologists combines everything I love in a thriller: fascinating history, science, and a frightening mystery that demands to be solved. Matthew Pearl is one of my must-read authors. He never fails to intrigue and thrill!”—Tess Gerritsen, author of The Silent Girl

Fascinating, mesmerizing, and richly atmospheric, The Technologists is the best yet from a true master of the historical thriller. I loved this novel.”—Joseph Finder, New York Times bestselling author of Buried Secrets and Vanished

Photo credit: Sigrid-Estrada

About Matthew Pearl

Matthew Pearl is the New York Times bestselling author of The Dante Club, The Poe Shadow, and The Last Dickens. He is the editor of the Modern Library editions of Dante’s Inferno (translated by Henry Wordsworth Longfellow) and Edgar Allan Poe’s The Murders in the Rue Morgue: The Dupin Tales.

For more information on Matthew Pearl and his work, visit his website,, and Facebook.  Watch the trailer for The Technologists HERE.



Matthew Pearl’s TLC Book Tours TOUR STOPS:

Monday, February 13th:  Book Chatter

Monday, February 20th:  Book Club Classics

Wednesday, February 22nd:  A Library of My Own

Thursday, February 23rd:  Unabridged Chick

Friday, February 24th:  Jenn’s Bookshelves

Monday, February 27th:  Wandering Thoughts of a Scientific Housewife

Tuesday, February 28th:  Jen’s Book Thoughts

Wednesday, February 29th:  Man of La Book

Thursday, March 1st:  Book Addict Katie

Monday, March 5th:  Calico Critic

Wednesday, March 7th:  Annette’s Book Spot

Monday, March 12th:  S. Krishna’s Books

Monday, March 12th:  The House of Crime and Mystery

Wednesday, March 14th:  Wordsmithonia



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