"A cross between Umberto Eco and Anne Rice. . . .Think of The Club Dumas as a beach book for intellectuals." --New York Daily News
Lucas Corso, middle-aged, tired, and cynical, is a book detective, a mercenary hired to hunt down rare editions for wealthy and unscrupulous clients.... read more
“I wouldn't recommend it. That's how it starts. Murder doesn't seem like a big deal, but then you end up lying, voting in elections, things like that.”Lucas Corso
“Commerce is a good thing. Goods moving, coming and going. It generates wealth, makes money for the middlemen...Products have to circulate. It's the law of the market, of life. Not selling should be banned: it's almost a crime.”Almicar Pinto
“I don't like presents...some guys once accepted a wooden horse. Handcrafted by the Achaeans, it said on the label. The fools.”Lucas Corso
“And I think that the best cut of all is the one you get here...In the femoral artery. While you're in somebody's arms.”Lucas Corso
“Yes, game. Suspense, incertainty, a high level of skill... The possibility of acting freely yet according to rules, as an end in itself. With a sense of tension and pleasure at the difference from ordinary life... Do you think that's an adequate definition? As the second book of Samuels says: 'Let the young men now arise, and play before us.' Children are the perfect players and readers: they do everything with the utmost seriousness. In essence, games are the only universally serious activity. They leave no room for skepticism, wouldn't you agree? However incredulous or doubting you might be, if you want to play, you have no choice but to follow the rules. Only the person who respects the rules, or at least knows and applies them, can win. Reading a book is the same: you have to accept the plot and the characters to enjoy the story.”Boris Balkan
I. The Anjou Wine
II. The Dead Man's Hand
III. Men of Words and Men of Action
IV. The Man with the Scar
VI. Of Apocrypha and Interpolations
VII. Book Number One and Book Number Two
VIII. Postuma necat
IX. The Bookseller in the Rue Bonaparte
X. Number Three
XI. The Banks of the Seine
XII. Buckingham and Milady
XIII. The Plot Thickens
XIV. The Cellars of Meung
XV. Corso and Richelieu
XVI. A Device Worthy of a Gothic Novel
On page 60 a word is left out of a sentence. The sentence reads, "Investigate 'The Nine Doors' as if were a crime." There should be an 'it' between 'as' and 'if'.
On page 109 the date THU/3/21 is displayed on a computer. In Europe dates are written day and then month. This may be due to the translation of the novel from its Spanish original.
On page 130 - "... with one bare foot she stroked the instep of the other. Corso pictured her toenails painted red under the black stockings." Bare is defined as without covering or naked, therefore, this is the incorrect usage of the word.
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