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Caught in the Net

Émile Gaboriau

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. . . felt very ill, and discovered that my pulse was down to fifty. Ah, me! what terrible misfortunes are wrought by a momentary burst of anger. I now write this sentence in my diary: "Never give way to first impulses."' These words," continued Mascarin, "were inscribed on every one of the pages following,—at least so those who examined the entries informed me."

Mascarin persisted in representing himself as the agent of others, but still the Count made no allusion to the persons in the background.

After a few moments the Count rose and limped up and down, as though he hoped by this means to collect his ideas, or perhaps in order to prevent his visitor from scanning his face too closely.

"Have you done?" asked he, all at once.

"Yes, my lord."

"Have you thought what an impartial judge would say?"

"I think I have."

"He would say," broke in the Count, "that no sane man would have written such th. . . Read More

Community Reviews

A novel of high life and misdeeds, by the author who inspired Sherlock Holmes. The story centers around two young men, both penniless, both ignorant of their past, and a mysterious organization of blackmailers, hiding behind the guise of a respectable employment agency. The story is concluded in...more

Go ahead and grab The Champdoce Mystery if you get this one. I also recommend finishing with The Clique of Gold.

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Great fun. As I was reading (in hardcover) and nearing the end, I thought, wow, they're going to have to wrap this up pretty quickly. Three or four pages from the end and I'm still clueless. Last page: to be continued in The Champdoce Mystery.

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Super involved bad doings and blackmail in mid-19th century Paris. Fortunes are made and the terrible, terrible things people did are threatening to rise from their graves.

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