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The Eight Strokes of the Clock

The Eight Strokes of the Clock by Maurice Leblanc
By: (1864-1941)

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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[Illustration: The girl gasped as Renine (Arsene Lupin) drew forth the mysterious telescope.]

THE EIGHT STROKES OF THE CLOCK

BY

MAURICE LE BLANC

AUTHOR'S NOTE

These adventures were told to me in the old days by Arsène Lupin, as though they had happened to a friend of his, named Prince Rénine. As for me, considering the way in which they were conducted, the actions, the behaviour and the very character of the hero, I find it very difficult not to identify the two friends as one and the same person. Arsène Lupin is gifted with a powerful imagination and is quite capable of attributing to himself adventures which are not his at all and of disowning those which are really his. The reader will judge for himself.

M. L.

CONTENTS

I ON THE TOP OF THE TOWER

II THE WATER BOTTLE

III THE CASE OF JEAN LOUIS

IV THE TELL TALE FILM

V THÉRÈSE AND GERMAINE

VI THE LADY WITH THE HATCHET

VII FOOTPRINTS IN THE SNOW

VIII AT THE SIGN OF MERCURY

I

ON THE TOP OF THE TOWER

Hortense Daniel pushed her window ajar and whispered:

"Are you there, Rossigny?"

"I am here," replied a voice from the shrubbery at the front of the house... Continue reading book >>


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Reviews (Rated: 5 Stars - 2 reviews)

Reviewer: - April 15, 2015
Subject: Eight Strokes of the Clock
Nice set of linked short mystery stories with a romance mixed in, the narration is heavily accented but good throughout.
Reviewer: - January 7, 2014
This is a delightful set of stories. Well read also


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