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The Widow Lerouge

Émile Gaboriau

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .Providence is not working for you?"

He went out, and Noel, leaving his door open, listened to the sound of his footsteps as he descended the stairs. Almost immediately the cry of, "Open, if you please," and the banging of the door apprised him that M. Tabaret had gone out. He waited a few minutes and refilled his lamp. Then he took a small packet from one of his bureau drawers, slipped into his pocket the bank notes lent him by his old friend, and left his study, the door of which he double-locked. On reaching the landing, he paused. He listened intently as though the sound of Madame Gerdy's moans could reach him where he stood. Hearing nothing, he descended the stairs on tiptoe. A minute later, he was in the street.


Included in Madame Gerdy's lease was a coach-house, which was used by her as a lumber room. Here were heaped together all the old rubbish of the household, broken pieces of furniture, utensils p. . . Read More

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The Widow Lerouge The Widow Lerouge by Emile Gaboriau. This is the first book to introduce Gaboriau's fictional detective LeCoq. Granted LeCoq is only referenced in a few lines, so do not read this expecting to find the personage that inspired Sherlock Holmes.

Abandon all modern conventions of mys...more

Λίγο φλύαρο σε κάποια σημεία που δεν χρειαζόταν κατά την γνώμη μου, και μια καλή ανατροπή που λόγω της φλυαρίας όμως δεν μου έδωσε αυτόν τον ενθουσιασμό και την αγωνία που συνήθως κάνουν οι αστυνομικές ιστορίες. Για τον χώρο και τον χρόνο που γράφτηκε είναι πολύ καλό.

The Lerouge Case is a detective novel written by Émile Gaboriau in 1866. It says on the back of my book that Émile Gaboriau was a French writer, novelist, journalist, and a pioneer of detective fiction. Reading that made me think, no kidding, but I put it here anyway. Gaboriau wrote a lot, he w...more

Απλά άψογο. Με κράτησε μεχρι και τις τελευταίες σελιδες

Αν αναζητάτε ένα μυθιστόρημα με έντονη δράση, σασπένς, με αφηγηματικό λόγο σκληρό και ωμό, θα απογοητευτείτε.
Θυμηθείτε όμως, πως ένα βιβλίο αστυνομικής μυθιστορίας δεν είναι μόνο τα παραπάνω!

Δύο μέρες μετά τη Μαρντί Γκρα (γαλλικό καρναβάλι ) του 1862, ανακαλύπτεται το πτώμα της χήρας Κλοντίν Λερο...more

Ο μοναδικός πατέρας του αστυνομικού μυθιστορήματος είναι οι Δολοφονίες της οδού Μοργκ του Έντγκαρ Άλαν Πόε. Αν η Υπόθεση Λερούζ είχε γραφτεί σήμερα, θα λέγαμε πως είναι ένα αστυνομικό μυθιστόρημα όπου ο συγγραφέας τα έχει χαμένα. Ανήκει σ’ ένα άλλο είδος που εξελίχτηκε παράλληλα και προσομοιάζει...more

Probably my favorite of the old school French/Frenchified mysteries I've been reading on my recent kick. It's only kind of a mystery, like any good French novel of its era, it's mostly about upper class problems with money and marrying well.

Un peu long, laborieux et plein de détails que personne ne réclamait (Gaboriau est un peu balzacien, c'est comme ça l'époque), et il y en a trop de coïncidences, mais le tout reste drôlement ingénieux, ce qui est surprenant pour un roman qui est considéré le premier roman judiciaire et policier f...more

I purchased a 6-book collection for my kindle by this author, and this was the first in the list as well as the first mystery published by this French author in 1866. I won't be rushing to read the next in the lineup, but will hold off until something wakes me in the night and I need to read myse...more

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