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The Club Dumas
The Club Dumas
Author: Arturo Perez-Reverte, Sonia Soto (Translator)
Lucas Corso 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. He is soon drawn into a swirling plot in...  more »
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ISBN-13: 9780156032834
ISBN-10: 015603283X
Publication Date: 5/1/2006
Pages: 368
Edition: Reprint
  • Currently 3.6/5 Stars.

3.6 stars, based on 74 ratings
Publisher: Harvest Books
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover, Audio Cassette, Audio CD
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Helpful Score: 4
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.)
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Helpful Score: 3
"Perez-Reverte has written a book with more twists and convolutions than a Chinese puzzle, which races along like a runaway freight train, but never careens out of control. For all the twist and turns, it knows where it's going, and carries the reader right along to the final page. For mystery fans and bibliophiles alike, it's a helluva joyride." amazon review
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Helpful Score: 3
What is the connection between "The Three Musketeers" and a demonic book that got the printer burned alive in 1666?

I couldn't figure out what one book had to do with other. Read "The Club Dumas" and then you'll know. It's an entertaining read.
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Helpful Score: 3
A truly exciting, page-turning mystery with interesting characters and a romance that doesn't overshadow the main plot.
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Helpful Score: 3
Thrilling intelligent mystery. Find some time to read this one -- not a quick read, but a really satisfying one.
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reviewed The Club Dumas on + 65 more book reviews
Long, confusing and boring. Don't understand the critical acclaim?
murder101 avatar reviewed The Club Dumas on
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!
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After 100 pages I gave up. Very confusing and a disappointment as I had high hopes to like this.
samuraibunny avatar reviewed The Club Dumas on + 33 more book reviews
I had a strange experience with this one. I thought I would enjoy this one, but I didn't.

It was intriguing for a bit of the story, but that was about it. Weird narration right from the start, jumped from first person to third person, which was confusing (perhaps it was meant to be that way? I don't know).

Either way, not much to say here. There are lots of quotes from classics, so if you've read those, it could be interesting to catch those.

The main character Corso wasn't too likable. There are a few attempts to go into his history, but not terribly moving.

There is one character I'm intrigued by that, by the end of the book, still has a shroud of mystery hanging around her. I wish she was fleshed out further, but again, she may have been intentionally characterized as such.

Definitely a mystery with a bit of literature trivia. Not much of a thriller though, which is what I had originally thought it to be. Oh well.