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The Club Dumas by Arturo Pérez-Reverte
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Well crafted and engaging, except by revealing the mistery in the end, the premise somehow flickered and went dark for me. The author put a lot of effort into tying the story together, yet sometimes a little mistery could leave the readers aiking for revelation long after the book is over (recall The Trial by F. Kafka).

The book revolves around a book dealer hired to investigate the authenticity of a book published in the 1600's whose publisher was executed by the Inquisition for devil worship. The investigation doesn't go according to plan as several people are murdered for their associations with the only remaing copies of the book.

Alexander Dumas's novel The Three Musketeers takes center stage in the novel as the author uses it as a veil to the overal mistery (unsuccessfully in my opinion). In the final scene, the protagonist (who doesn't get paid for his services) discovers that the book contains a forgery that can help him get close to the evil he tried to aviod. If you enojoy these types of books, you may want to try "The Dante Club" or the works of E.A. Poe.
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06/01/2009 "Corso is about to compare the two copies of Nine Doors"

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