The Club Dumas Author:Arturo Perez-Reverte, Sonia Soto (Translator) 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 fragmen... more »t.
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.« less
A rousing literary mystery, translated from the Spanish, in which "book detective" Lucas Corso is drawn into a fantastical plot involving the murder of a noted bibliophile, the original manuscript of "The Three Musketeers," occult practices, and swashbuckling. It gets a little too tangled by the end, but it's an enjoyable ride most of the way. (And the last line is priceless.)
in a weird way this book reminded me a bit of the Ninth Gate that Jonny Depp movie it had some parallels interesting book.Well written interesting!!!! Watching the ninth gate and realized this was the book orginally writtem
n in spanish that the 9th gate was based on!
The movie 'The Ninth Gate' was based upon this book. If you have seen the movie, disregard it. There are several basic similarities, but (as always) so much is left out. The main omission: everything that has to do with Alexandre Dumas and 'The Three Musketeers', plot lines which make up the majority of this book.
This was a fantastic mystery that threw in shades of Sherlock Holmes, the occult, secret societies, and fanatical book lovers/collectors. It is not a fast read but it was well worth the time I spent on it.
In addition to being a well-written mystery with a twist, it also provides innumerable references to 'The Three Musketeers' and to the life and work of Alexandre Dumas. I have not yet read 'Musketeers' (it is now next on my list) but that did not diminish my enjoyment of this book.
The plot gets a little busy at times and there is a lot to keep up with, but in all the story is expertly crafted. If you are a book lover who enjoys a good mystery that will leave you guessing until the end, then this is an absolute must-read.