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The Secret of the Night

The Secret of the Night by Gaston Leroux
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Gaston Leroux, perhaps best known as the author of The Phantom of the Opera in its novel form, was also the author of a popular series of mystery novels featuring a young journalist cum detective named Joseph Rouletabille. It is most likely that Leroux styled his hero after himself. Rouletabille was in the tradition of other great detectives who solved their cases by pure deductive reasoning. Much as Sherlock Holmes, who eliminated the impossible and concluded that whatever remained, however improbable must be the truth, Rouletabille included the known facts about the case and eliminated everything that was not a known fact, no matter how much it appeared to relate to the case. In The Secret of the Night, the names of the characters are often challengingly Russian and the plot involves, appropriately, both the Czar and the Nihilists. (Introduction by Don W. Jenkins)

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THE SECRET OF THE NIGHT

By Gaston Leroux

CONTENTS

Chapter

I GAYETY AND DYNAMITE II NATACHA III THE WATCH IV "THE YOUTH OF Moscow Is DEAD" V BY ROULETABILLE'S ORDER THE GENERAL PROMENADES VI THE MYSTERIOUS HAND VII ARSENATE OF SODA VIII THE LITTLE CHAPEL OF THE GUARDS IX ANNOUCHEA X A DRAMA IN THE NIGHT XI THE POISON CONTINUES XII PERE ALEXIS XIII THE LIVING BOMBS XIV THE MARSHES XV "I HAVE BEEN WAITING FOR YOU" XVI BEFORE THE REVOLUTIONARY TRIBUNAL XVII THE LAST CRAVAT XVIII A SINGULAR EXPERIENCE XIX THE TSAR

THE SECRET OF THE NIGHT

I. GAYETY AND DYNAMITE

"BARINIA, the young stranger has arrived."

"Where is he?"

"Oh, he is waiting at the lodge."

"I told you to show him to Natacha's sitting room. Didn't you understand me, Ermolai?"

"Pardon, Barinia, but the young stranger, when I asked to search him, as you directed, flatly refused to let me... Continue reading book >>


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