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Within An Inch Of His Life
by Emile Gaboriau
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Novel from the French writer, novelist, and journalist, considered a pioneer of modern detective fiction.
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.
"Is it a serious fire?"
"Serious!" exclaimed the peasant. "How could it be otherwise with such a wind as this, - a wind that would blow off the horns of our oxen."
"Hm!" uttered the mayor again. "Hm, hm!"
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