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Book 36 of 2010

36. Arturo Perez-Reverte, The Club Dumas, Translated by Sonia Soto, 325 pages, Mystery, Trade Paperback (Advance Uncorrected Proof), 1993.

Lucas Corso is a mercenary of the literary sort, traveling across Europe to collect and authenticate ancient texts. He starts this book with two intense jobs – one is a hand-written segment, The Anjou Wine, from Alexander Dumas’ The Three Musketeers; the other, one of three books claiming to be the only surviving copy of The Book of the Nine Doors of the Kingdom of Shadows. As he talks to experts, examines original documents, and attempts to determine the truth, he is stalked, robbed, set up, attacked – not the norm for most book dealers. But is he attracting all this attention from those who wish to possess the The Anjou Wine, or those who wish to harness the supposed power of the Nine Gates? Yes, the movie by that name is based on this book, but with all the Dumas portion of the plot stripped out, which is a shame; I love how the two texts produce their own intrigues as the action goes on.
Tags: mystery

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