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Book Title: The Secret of the Night|
Edition: Barnes & Noble
Date of issue: December 1st 2011
ISBN 13: 9781411464285
The author of the book: Gaston Leroux
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 730 KB
Read full description of the books The Secret of the Night:This entry into the Rouletabille series was not as endearing as the previous books were. Even though it was still very good, I don't know I didn't have the same feel after finishing it like I did with the first two. I miss that Sinclair wasn't apart of the adventure (he is after all Rouletabille's Watson) like the previous book it ends on a cliffhanger as Rouletabille returns to Paris.
Things I liked about the book:
- Rouletabille actually was shown to not be a step ahead of everyone in this book, he actually gets somewhat sidetracked by a woman.
- The female characters are MUCH better in this book than the previous books.
- The book makes connects to the two previous novels, which is always fun.
- He's not so snarky as he is in the first book.
- For some reason Gaston Leroux is mention as have been in a hotel there by Rouletabille. I mean WTF?
Things that I didn't like as much:
- The fact that conveniently every person Rouletabille meets knows French, or at least some. I mean the entire novel takes place in Russia.
- None of the other supporting characters from the previous book are in this book.
- It takes awhile for the main plot to really start.
Oh, and my copy of the book was longer than 232 pages it was about 370.
Read information about the authorGaston Louis Alfred Leroux was a French journalist and author of detective fiction.
In the English-speaking world, he is best known for writing the novel The Phantom of the Opera (Le Fantôme de l'Opéra, 1910), which has been made into several film and stage productions of the same name, such as the 1925 film starring Lon Chaney, and Andrew Lloyd Webber's 1986 musical. It was also the basis of the 1990 novel Phantom by Susan Kay.
Leroux went to school in Normandy and studied law in Paris, graduating in 1889. He inherited millions of francs and lived wildly until he nearly reached bankruptcy. Then in 1890, he began working as a court reporter and theater critic for L'Écho de Paris. His most important journalism came when he began working as an international correspondent for the Paris newspaper Le Matin. In 1905 he was present at and covered the Russian Revolution. Another case he was present at involved the investigation and deep coverage of an opera house in Paris, later to become a ballet house. The basement consisted of a cell that held prisoners in the Paris Commune, which were the rulers of Paris through much of the Franco-Prussian war.
He suddenly left journalism in 1907, and began writing fiction. In 1909, he and Arthur Bernède formed their own film company, Société des Cinéromans to simultaneously publish novels and turn them into films. He first wrote a mystery novel entitled Le mystère de la chambre jaune (1908; The Mystery of the Yellow Room), starring the amateur detective Joseph Rouletabille. Leroux's contribution to French detective fiction is considered a parallel to Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's in the United Kingdom and Edgar Allan Poe's in America. Leroux died in Nice on April 15, 1927, of a urinary tract infection.
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