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The Lerouge Case
by Emile Gaboriau
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Well known novel from the French writer, novelist, and journalist, considered a pioneer of modern detective fiction. The Lerouge Case was his first detective novel, introducing an amateur detective and a young police officer named Monsieur Lecoq, who was the hero in three of Gaboriau's later detective novels.
Text: English, French (translation)
Emile Gaboriau, a contemporary of Arthur Conan Doyle is considered one of the founders of the "detective novel". If you like the novels of Sherlock Holmes, you will like its French counterpart Mr. Lecocq.
Those who anticipated the discovery of a crime, were unhappily not deceived. The commissary was convinced of this as soon as he crossed the threshold. Everything in the first room pointed with a sad eloquence to the recent presence of a malefactor. The furniture was knocked about, and a chest of drawers and two large trunks had been forced and broken open.
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