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The Eight Strokes of the Clock

Maurice Leblanc

Book Overview: 

The Eight Strokes of the Clock is a collection of eight short stories by Maurice Leblanc. The stories have his most famous creation, Arsène Lupin, gentleman-thief, as main character. The eight stories, even though independent, have a leading thread: Lupin, under the name of Serge Rénine, trying to conquer the heart of a young lady, travels with her, solving eight mysteries on the way.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .you please; but what a waste of time!"

He seemed greatly irritated. His long wait at the window, under a blazing sun, had thrown him into a sweat. He went to his bedroom and returned with a bottle of water, of which he took a few sips, afterwards placing the bottle on the window-sill:

"Come along," he said.

Prince Rénine chuckled.

"You seem to be in a hurry to leave the place."

"I'm in a hurry to show you up," retorted Dutreuil, slamming the door.

They went downstairs to the private room containing the telephone. The room was empty. Rénine asked Gaston Dutreuil for the Aubrieuxs' number, took down the instrument and was put through.

The maid who came to the telephone answered that Madame Aubrieux had fainted, after giving way to an access of despair, and that she was now asleep.

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Community Reviews

For my first time reading a Maurice Leblanc book, it was a surprisingly interesting read, Arsene Lupin is a gentleman thief who is very smart and is always ahead of everyone around him, this book is a series of eight stories that are all very interesting in my opinion, I had read all of them and I w

Probably a 3.5, as it's in the elegant rather than demented group of Lupin books, but all rather charming.

Vcelku zajímavé povídky, i když občas trochu překombinované (kupříkladu povídka o Hortensiině sestře). Prvních šest se mi ale docela líbilo. Problém jsem měla s postavou samotné Hortensie v posledních dvou, protože najednou Rénina nechtěla, ale vlastně chtěla, ale ne tak docela, ale přitom ano, ale

Ci voleva una pausa dalle storie lunghe con questo otto piccoli racconti. Un buono stacco visto che il prossimo avrà Herlock Sholmes.

За всички почитател(к)и на красивия крадец – джентълмен Арсен Люпен настоящият сборник ще донесе много охкания, ахкания и вероятно в някои случаи леки припадъци за микросекунда, щото сме съвременни кифли, що, тъй като в този малък роман в разкази френският Дон Жуан с бързи пръсти се изживява като ел

Arsène Lupin é um caçador de aventuras. Com uma inteligência acima da média, possui o dom nato de solucionar pequenos mistérios que, para ele, são “óbvios e triviais”. Diferente de Sherlock Homes, que é um homem da lei, Arsène Lupin é apenas um aventureiro e bon vivant.
O livro envolve dois personag

Това е един прекрасен роман за феновете на Арсен Люпен. Идеално четиво за коледните празници – романтично, приключенско и изпълнено със загадки.

Всичко започва с една жена, която иска да избяга от скуката и еднообразното си ежедневие, но нейните роднини не ѝ позволяват от странни съображения за благ

Un Lupin plaisant et enlevé, mais complètement tiré par les cheveux. Souvent les histoires sont incroyables (littéralement) mais avec le format long, on plonge dans des relations passionnantes entre les personnages et on se laisse emporter. Ici les nouvelles ne laissent pas le temps de se laisser em

I loved this one. They are the little short stories explaining some adventures of Arsene Lupin, even dough he's not called that. This book reads more like a detective story, similar to Sherlock Holmes's ones, the stories themselves are amusing and incredibly interesting.
Overall, I was expecting all

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