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The Count's Millions

Émile Gaboriau

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The new-comer, however, was worthy of more than that cursory notice. He was a young man of five or six-and-twenty, dark-complexioned and tall; each movement of his person was imbued with that natural grace which is the result of perfect harmony of the muscles, and of more than common vigor. His features were irregular, but they gave evidence of energy, kindness of heart, and honesty of purpose. A man possessing such a proud, intelligent, and open brow, such a clear, straightforward gaze, and such finely-cut lips, could be no ordinary one. Deserted by his sponsor, who was shaking hands right and left, he seated himself on a sofa a little in the background; not because he was embarrassed, but because he felt that instinctive distrust of self which frequently seizes hold of a person on entering a crowd of strangers. He did his best to conceal his curiosity, but nevertheless he looked and listened with all his might.. . . Read More

Community Reviews

This book reminds me a lot of Dickens' in the style and plotting and of course Dickens propensity for coincidences. Enjoyable read, though it ends rather abruptly since it concludes in a follow on novel.

Excellent beginning to a mystery of a paranoid man, his millions, and his ward who by some slip of his had been left penniless. On to the sequel to find out what happens!

Rereading this as Hannah chose it for our Catholic women's book club. Now that I've read Dickens, the similarities in style (or is that "genre") are much more obvious to me. Looking forward to this a lot!

My original comments as I read the book are below.

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Hannah was enthralled with this bo...more

Toujours prenant, ces histoires parisiennes du milieu du 19eme siècle, belle illustration de la chasse à l'héritage et de la vie des rentiers et de la classe dominante. Mais un ton au dessous de l'enquête, plus complexe, car trop plein de bons sentiments. Joli personnage de Turpin, le gamin pari...more

It's a cliff-hanger!!! Now I have to read the next book....more