The Club Dumas

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, May 1, 2006 - Fiction - 368 pages
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A provocative literary thriller that playfully pays tribute to classic tales of mystery and adventure


Lucas Corso is a book detective, a middle-aged mercenary hired to hunt down rare editions for wealthy and unscrupulous clients. When a well-known bibliophile is found dead, leaving behind part of the original manuscript of Alexandre Dumas's The Three Musketeers, Corso is brought in to authenticate the fragment. He 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 on the killer's trail in this twisty intellectual romp through the book world.


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User Review  - jimgysin - LibraryThing

A noirish literary thriller with more than a few dashes of the occult thrown in, this is a fun and challenging read that finds a way to incorporate the likes of both D'Artagnan and Mephistopheles into ... Read full review

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User Review  - cybercarotte - LibraryThing

Wonderful book! Perfect for book-nerds, who'll probably feel the same sense of pride as I did, at knowing most of the references novels. Loved how the story (stories?) unraveled, and the ending was just deliciously devilish. Read full review

Selected pages


1 The Anjou Wine
2 The Dead Mans Hand
3 Men of Words and Men of Action
4 The Man with the Scar
5 Remember
6 Of Apocrypha and Interpolations
7 Book Number One and Book Number Two
10 Number Three
11 The Banks of the Seine
12 Buckingham and Milady
13 The Plot Thickens
14 The Cellars of Meung
15 Corso and Richelieu
16 A Device Worthy of a Gothic Novel
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8 Postuma Necat
9 The Bookseller on the Rue Bonaparte

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About the author (2006)

ARTURO PEREZ-REVERTE is the author of many critically acclaimed novels, including The Club Dumas, The Flanders Panel, and the Captain Alatriste series. A retired war journalist, he lives in Madrid and is a member of the Royal Spanish Academy.

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