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The Club Dumasby Arturo Perez-Reverte
Synopses & Reviews
Lucas Corso, middle-aged, tired, and cynical, is a book detective, a mercenary hired to hunt down rare editions for wealthy and unscrupulous clients. When a well-known bibliophile is found hanged, leaving behind part of the original manuscript of Alexandre Dumas's The Three Musketeers, Corso is brought in to authenticate the fragment.
The task seems straightforward, but the unsuspecting Corso is soon drawn into a swirling plot involving devil worship, occult practices, and swashbuckling derring-do among a cast of characters bearing a suspicious resemblance to those of Dumas's masterpiece. Aided by a mysterious beauty named for a Conan Doyle heroine, Corso travels from Madrid to Toledo to Paris in pursuit of a sinister and seemingly omniscient killer. Part mystery, part puzzle, part witty intertextual game, The Club Dumas is a wholly original intellectual thriller by the internationally bestselling author of The Flanders Panel and The Seville Communion.
"A thriller of marvelous intricacy." The New York Times Book Review
"Erudite, funny, loopy, brilliant...action-adventure spiced with dollops of idiosyncrasy — and some very good talk." Philadelphia Inquirer
"A noir metafiction....Even a reader armed with a Latin dictionary and copy of The Three Musketeers cannot anticipate the thrilling twists of this stylish, Escher-like mystery." The New Yorker
"Pérez-Reverte has...improved on the detective story, taking the often predictable formula and convoluting it with delicious material about eclectic aspects of the literary world." Los Angeles Times
"A cross between Umberto Eco and Anne Rice....Think of The Club Dumas as a beach book for intellectuals." New York Daily News
"[F]reewheeling, ambitious....Suspense-filled and ingenious, Pérez-Reverte's latest is also something of a primer on the rare-book business and a witty meditation on the relationship between book lovers and the texts they adore." Publishers Weekly
"An intricate and very bookish mystery novel....Bibliophiles will love this witty and clever fabrication, though its very specialized content may place it just outside the range of the general reader." Kirkus Reviews
"[A] novel that's witty, suspenseful, and intellectually provocative....
"Plenty of thrills...Pérez-Reverte pulls it all together with elegance." Chicago Tribune
"A stunner...an eerie, erudite mystery." New York Newsday
About the Author
Arturo Pérez-Reverte was born in 1951 in Cartagena. He is a television journalist who has reported on some of the world's most dangerous crises. He is the author of three other books: The Fencing Master, The Flanders Panel, and The Seville Communion.
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