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File No. 113 (Monsieur Lecoq #3)

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Emile Gaboriau is frequently credited with being the creator of the modern detective story. He drew on the 40 years of slow evolution of the crime story, following Edgar Allen Poe in the United States, and writers such as Paul Feval, Eugene Sue, Alexandre Dumas the elder, and Honore de Balzac in France, writing popular literature for the masses. Violence, lies, adultery, d ...more
Paperback, 396 pages
Published January 1st 2010 by Distinction Press (first published 1867)
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Jun 24, 2016 Julie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
A bank is robbed and only two people have the key and the secret word for the combination. So which one did it? A bank clerk is arrested, but LeCoq, the famous detective, senses that there is more to the story. He and his fellow detectives in different disguises uncover the whole background and story of the crime in order to exonerate the bank clerk.

This book has two parts. First is the crime, the case and the investigation. Then the story of the crime and its characters is told of how it happen
If you stick with the detective, Lecoq, and the main action of this mystery, then File No. 113 by Émile Gaboriau beats The Mystery of the Yellow Room by Gaston Leroux hands down in the category of French detective novels. Not nearly as well-known as the ground-breaking locked room mystery of Leroux, File No. 113 features a likeable detective, Monsieur Lecoq, who is as adept at the art of disguise as Holmes and more connected with human emotion than his British counterpart. (And I say that as a f ...more
Dave Holcomb
Apr 14, 2014 Dave Holcomb rated it really liked it
Surprisingly good for its age (first published in 1867). Monsieur Lecoq is a super-detective with a sense of humor and a lot of style; the plot was complicated enough to keep me engaged without being so byzantine that I drifted off (as sometimes happens...) Characters were interesting and well-rounded, more than just props.

Start with "The Lerouge Affair" (aka "The Widow Lerouge") to meet Lecoq's mentor Tabaret, then read "Monsieur Lecoq" to introduce our hero. By "File No. 113", Lecoq -- and Gab
Arjun Rajkumar
May 30, 2014 Arjun Rajkumar rated it did not like it
Shelves: couldn-t-finish
picked it up because this seemed to the origin of the detective story genre but found the book painfully slow to my liking.. i have struggled to go past the first 20-30 pages because it has not captured my interest. the style of writing may suit a lot of people but i had the feeling that it was stretched and the expressions by the characters themselves were too old for me.

I hate putting down a book once i start but unfortunately this is one of the ones that i could not finish
Jun 04, 2015 Francis rated it really liked it
Yes a mystery but reads more like Alexander Dumas than Sir Arthur Conan Doyle but that's not necessarily a bad thing in my opinion. We start with a sort of locked room mystery then we progress into a wide sweeping generational tale and back to the mystery and then things get nice and tidied up.

For me an enjoyable read.
Jun 11, 2013 Chris rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the fourth or fifth Gaboriau mystery I've read, and I've noticed a pattern: A crime is committed, the mystery deepens until the middle of the book, when it jumps a few decades into the past to reveal the original crime (invariably committed by a member of the aristocracy still pissed off by the French Revolution that severely reduced the family's fortune and prestige), then the twists and turns which lead to the crime that started the book, and a neat and tidy conclusion that nicely ties ...more
Mark Stephenson
Aug 05, 2010 Mark Stephenson rated it it was amazing

Before Arthur Conan Doyle was Emile Gaboriau. This detective novel is a rollicking good read featuring Inspector Lecoq who out-Sherlocks Sherlock Holmes a couple of decades before A Study in Scarlet debuted in 1887. An ingenious plot centered around a bank robbery and a young couple in love who go too far and suffer lifelong regrets pits some very attractive characters against the evil machinations of the Marquis de Clameran and the handsome but spurious Raoul Lagors. In the end young love trium
Arnault Duprez
Oct 29, 2014 Arnault Duprez rated it really liked it
Ecco un giallo classico, Gaboriau usa la sua arte e il suo stile di flashback per portare a termine il romanzo che nel complesso risulta piuttosto gradevole. Vi è pure la sorpresa finale.
Jul 22, 2012 Dagny rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: french, 19th-century
A Monsieur Lecoq story.

All Paris is talking about the daring robbery of three hundred and fifty thousand francs from the safe of eminent banker, Andre Fauvel. Apparently only two persons had means and opportunity, Monsieur Fauvel himself, and his trusted employee Prosper Bertomy. The banker is crushed spiritually to contemplate that Prosper has so betrayed him, but yet he knows that he did not take his own money. Madame Fauvel and their niece, Madeleine, whom it was presumed at one time would m
Nicole G.
Apr 18, 2013 Nicole G. rated it liked it
Shelves: 2013
Before Sherlock Holmes, there was M. LeCoq. Gaboriau gives us a master of disguise in a pretty good detective novel. LeCoq seems to be everywhere at once and can be pretty amusing. This particular case bogs down a little bit on the telling of the backstory, but I can see where it was necessary. I will definitely seek out another of his adventures.
Nov 15, 2012 Claire rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery, gamechanger
Lecoq is fly; the middle of the book, in which he disappears entirely, is mucky.
Jun 09, 2013 Henry rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great plot, but all his books are too wordy.
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Gaboriau was born in the small town of Saujon, Charente-Maritime. He became a secretary to Paul Féval, and after publishing some novels and miscellaneous writings, found his real gift in L'Affaire Lerouge (1866).

The book, which was Gaboriau's first detective novel, introduced an amateur detective. It also introduced a young police officer named Monsieur Lecoq, who was the hero in three of Gaboriau
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