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Within an Inch of His Life

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Emile Gaboriau (1833-1873) is an important figure in the history of detective fiction. A French journalist and novelist, he created the "roman policier" with a series of books involving private detective Monsieur Lecoq, who works logically. Lecoq was based on a real-life thief turned policeman named Francois Vidocq (1775-1857), whose memoirs mixed fiction and fact. Gaboria ...more
Hardcover, 620 pages
Published September 1st 2003 by Wildside Press (first published 1873)
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By no means is this my favorite Gaboriau. When the nearby town turns out to put out a fire engulfing the estate of Valpinson, they find the owner, Count Claudieuse, gravely injured by the hands of a murderer. All evidence, including the testimony of a village simpleton, points to M de Boiscoran, a genial young landowner. Despite the pleas of his fiancée, he refuses to give an alibi, and may yet die. The book turns upon his fiancee's quest to discover the truth, and the revelation of just how lit ...more
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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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