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The Clique of Gold   By: (1832-1873)

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The Clique of Gold is an enthralling novel written by Emile Gaboriau that takes readers on a thrilling journey through the intricacies of greed, power, and manipulation. Set in the heart of Paris, this book delves into the secretive world of high finance and exposes the ugly truth lurking behind closed doors.

The story revolves around Maxime de Brevan, a brilliant yet enigmatic character who finds himself caught in a web of conspiracy and deceit. As a journalist investigating a fraudulent banking scheme, Maxime is drawn into a world of treachery where the power players will stop at nothing to protect their interests. Gaboriau skillfully unravels the web of deception, expertly crafting a tale filled with unexpected twists and turns.

What sets this novel apart is the author's ability to interweave complex plotlines with an exploration of human nature. Gaboriau paints an intricate portrait of greed and its consequences, showcasing how even the most unsuspecting individuals can succumb to its allure. The characters, while flawed, are incredibly well-developed and each harbors their own secrets, making them both relatable and intriguing.

The pacing of the story is impeccable, never lagging or losing momentum. Gaboriau effortlessly keeps readers engaged with his crisp writing style and impeccable storytelling skills. The vivid descriptions of Paris add an enriching layer to the narrative, transporting readers to the heart of the city and immersing them in the story.

One aspect that may divide readers is the level of detail provided regarding financial matters. While Gaboriau's thorough exploration of banking and stock market operations adds depth to the story, readers less familiar with these subjects may find it slightly overwhelming. However, this does not detract from the overall enjoyment of the novel.

The Clique of Gold is a thought-provoking and suspenseful read that offers a deep dive into the dark underbelly of the world of finance. Gaboriau's masterful storytelling, combined with his acute observations of human behavior, make this book an absolute must-read for fans of crime fiction and psychological thrillers. With its intricate plot, compelling characters, and elegant prose, The Clique of Gold solidifies Emile Gaboriau as a true master of the genre.

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There is not in all Paris a house better kept or more inviting looking than No. 23 in Grange Street. As soon as you enter, you are struck by a minute, extreme neatness, which reminds you of Holland, and almost sets you a laughing. The neighbors might use the brass plate on the door as a mirror to shave in; the stone floor is polished till it shines; and the woodwork of the staircase is varnished to perfection.

In the entrance hall a number of notices, written in the peculiar style which owners of houses affect, request the tenants to respect the property of others, without regard to the high price they pay for their share. "Clean your feet, if you please," they say to all who come in or go out. "No spitting allowed on the stairs." "Dogs are not allowed in the house."

Nevertheless, this admirably kept house "enjoyed" but a sorry reputation in the neighborhood. Was it worse than other houses, No. 21, for instance, or No. 25? Probably not; but there is a fate for houses as well as for men.

The first story was occupied by the families of two independent gentlemen, whose simplicity of mind was only equalled by that of their mode of life. A collector, who occasionally acted as broker, lived in the second story, and had his offices there... Continue reading book >>

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