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The Count's Millions   By: (1832-1873)

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The Count's Millions by Emile Gaboriau is a captivating crime novel that kept me thoroughly engaged from start to finish. Set in 19th century rural France, the story revolves around the mysterious disappearance of a wealthy count and his vast fortune. Gaboriau skillfully weaves together an intricate plot filled with suspense, adventure, and unexpected twists.

The novel introduces us to Monsieur Lecoq, a talented detective renowned for his keen intellect and deductive skills. Lecoq is assigned to investigate the baffling case of the missing count, and as he delves deeper into the matter, layers of deception and treachery begin to unravel. Gaboriau's portrayal of Lecoq is masterful, painting him as a meticulous detective with an unwavering dedication to uncovering the truth.

One aspect that stood out to me was the author's impeccable attention to detail. Gaboriau paints a vivid picture of the French countryside, immersing readers in a world of opulent estates, dimly lit catacombs, and bustling city streets. The author's descriptive prose adds depth to the narrative, allowing readers to almost feel the chilly breeze on their skin or hear the distant echoes of footsteps in their minds.

Furthermore, the characters in The Count's Millions are well-developed and multi-dimensional. From the cunning and enigmatic count himself to the shrewd and relentless Lecoq, each character is intricately crafted, with their own motivations and secrets. I found myself invested in their fates, eagerly turning the pages to uncover their true intentions.

What sets this novel apart from others in the genre is its ability to toy with the reader's perception. Gaboriau plants clues and red herrings with expert precision, leading readers down various paths, only to pull the rug from under them. This constant sense of uncertainty and unpredictability adds an enthralling element to the narrative, keeping readers guessing until the very end.

The Count's Millions is a thrilling crime novel that fuses mystery, suspense, and intricate plotting to create an immersive reading experience. Emile Gaboriau's expertise in crafting compelling characters and cleverly designed storylines is evident, making this book a must-read for fans of the genre. I wholeheartedly recommend it to anyone looking for a gripping tale of deception, intrigue, and, ultimately, justice.

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By Emile Gaboriau

Translated from the French

A novel in two parts. Part Two of this novel is found in the volume: Baron Trigault's Vengeance



It was a Thursday evening, the fifteenth of October; and although only half past six o'clock, it had been dark for some time already. The weather was cold, and the sky was as black as ink, while the wind blew tempestuously, and the rain fell in torrents.

The servants at the Hotel de Chalusse, one of the most magnificent mansions in the Rue de Courcelles in Paris, were assembled in the porter's lodge, a little building comprising a couple of rooms standing on the right hand side of the great gateway. Here, as in all large mansions, the "concierge" or porter, M. Bourigeau, was a person of immense importance, always able and disposed to make any one who was inclined to doubt his authority, feel it in cruel fashion. As could be easily seen, he held all the other servants in his power. He could let them absent themselves without leave, if he chose, and conceal all returns late at night after the closing of public balls and wine shops. Thus, it is needless to say that M. Bourigeau and his wife were treated by their fellow servants with the most servile adulation.

The owner of the house was not at home that evening, so that M... Continue reading book >>

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