The super crook in "The Lone Wolf," the object of fiendish vengeance in "The False Faces," and the clever secret service man in "The Red Masquerade" now has his most thrilling adventure as a gentleman adventurer who pits his wits against a ruthless schemer to save an innocent man framed for burglary.
nal low, rounded mound, a menhir or a dolmen, and (if such may be termed features) great pits that opened in the earth like cold craters, which the countryfolk termed avens. A strange, bleak land, inhospitable, wind-harried, haunted, the home of seven howling devils of desolation...
Rain at length interned the traveller for three days in a little place called Meyrueis, which lies sweetly in the valley of the Jonte, at its confluence with the Butézon, long leagues remote from railroads and the world they stitch together--that world of unrest, uncertainty and intrigue which in those days seemed no better than a madhouse.
The break in the monotony of daily footfaring proved agreeable. It suited one well to camp for a space in that quaint town, isolate in the heart of an enchanted land, with which one was in turn enchanted, and contemplate soberly the grave issues of Life and Death.
Here (said Duchemin) nothing can disturb me; and it is high time for me to be considering what I am to m
A very good and rich intrigue, that has it all: a gentleman criminal, lesser gentlemen thieves, low-life, aristocrats, spies, vendetta, priceless jewels, a convincing romance and a mysterious French location, the Chaos of Montpellier-le-Vieux, that could belong to some other planet but is perfectly real. The main character is realistically clever without being omniscient.
The narrative is good-paced, though sometimes slows down a bit. The author has a curious way to manage the time: when the protagonist must spend two days waiting for some development, there are two or three pages of his reflexions and sensations: When he spends two weeks travelling, you get four pages of reflexions and sensations. But they read well, never get boring.
The rest of time you get a very aptly constructed action, with good suspense.
The final is a perfection, very well rounded, it leaves you a sensation of great satisfaction, of a time good spent/employed.
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