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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

What fun! A reformed criminal, now masquerading as a millionaire prince, has taken up a new life as a sort of fixer, solving crimes instead of committing them. In the first of the eight adventures here he meets a young woman who is desperate to change her life: he invites her to join him in his e...more

Prince Renine (AKA Arsene Lupin) is an amateur detective who teams up with a lady named Hortense Daniel. While exploring an old tower, they discover a clock that strikes eight after Renine removes a telescope from inside it. So Renine asks Hortense to assist him in eight adventures, ranging from...more

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...more

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 perso...more

recueil de nouvelles d'Arsène Lupin où sous l'identité du Prince Sernine il résout diverses enquêtes.

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 б...more

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...more

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.

This was a fun one. Under the name Lupin or not, I still liked the character and I loved the whole adventure plot. It almost reminded me of Doctor Who. And it took me 14 books to realize that Leblanc is the narrator in the whole series.

Very good for Sherlock Holmes fans. It's a short read, but very much worth it. The beginning was a little slow; however after the initial adventure, everything just passes very fast. I hope Hortenese and Renine end up together as it does not say so at the end of the book. I liked how it wasn't a...more

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