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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

A collection of short stories with an undertone of assured, advanced wit and readymade adventure, Prince Renine introduces a world of mystery and suspense which reminds of an old age romance drama paced with growing charm of detective and sometimes, lucky work. Overall, a fast paced story and succin

J'ai adoré... Dans la première histoire, Arsène sauve une jeune femme, qui se nomme Hortence, d'un affreux mariage et lui permet d'accéder à son héritage. Suite à cela, Arsène Lupin, sous l'identité du prince Rénine, va résoudre sept autres énigmes en sa compagnie. Travaillant avec, pour ou contre l

Arséne wanted to give the police a chance so he took his time, I guess


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

The title doesn't give any impression of the book's content. It's 8 stories where Prince Renine (Lupin) solves mysteries and fixes problems. Not what you expect from a thief. It was a fun reading seeing how he reveals those crimes. A recommendation for those who love detective stories.

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