The Club Dumas by Arturo Perez-Reverte


9 Critic Reviews

Suspense-filled and ingenious.
-Publishers Weekly


A provocative literary thriller that playfully pays tribute to classic tales of mystery and adventure


Lucas Corso is a book detective, a middle-aged mercenary hired to hunt down rare editions for wealthy and unscrupulous clients. When a well-known bibliophile is found dead, leaving behind part of the original manuscript of Alexandre Dumas's The Three Musketeers, Corso is brought in to authenticate the fragment. He is soon drawn into a swirling plot involving devil worship, occult practices, and swashbuckling derring-do among a cast of characters bearing a suspicious resemblance to those of Dumas's masterpiece. Aided by a mysterious beauty named for a Conan Doyle heroine, Corso travels from Madrid to Toledo to Paris on the killer's trail in this twisty intellectual romp through the book world.


About Arturo Perez-Reverte

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Novelist and former journalist Arturo Pérez-Reverte Gutiérrez was born in Cartagena, Spain on November 25, 1951. He started his journalistic career writing for the Spanish newspaper Pueblo and later for Television Espanola - the Spanish state owned television, in the role of war correspondant. He worked as a war correspondent from 1973 to1994 before becoming a full-time writer. His first novel, El húsar, which was set in the Napoleonic Wars, was published in 1986, and he is well-known internationally for his popular Captain Alatriste fiction series, which takes place in 17th-century Europe. Pérez-Reverte has been elected to the Spanish Royal Academy.
Published May 1, 2006 by Mariner Books. 371 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Education & Reference, History, Action & Adventure. Fiction
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Above average
Reviewed by Kirkus Reviews on Dec 15 2008

Bibliophiles will love this witty and clever fabrication, though its very specialized content may place it just outside the range of the general reader.

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Reviewed by Margot Livesey on Mar 23 2008

When these fictional bibliophiles need some dirty work done, they know whom to call.

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Publishers Weekly

Reviewed by Publishers Weekly on Feb 02 2008

Suspense-filled and ingenious.

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Reviewed by Richard Marcus on Aug 02 2008

Read The Club Dumas because it is well-written and filled with memorable character.

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Reviewed by Francine Prose on May 12 2008

Those who prefer fiction in which characters are more than mere vehicles for moving the plot along and providing essential clues may wonder if the portentous mysteries of The Dumas Club are really worth the effort of solving.

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Reviewed by Patrick Mahon on Jan 04 2010

'The Club Dumas' is a highly enjoyable work of literary fiction. If you enjoy books that make you think, I think you'll like this one.

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Classic Book Shop

Reviewed by Classic Book Shop on Jan 01 2010

Highly recommended, I urge you to immediately buy this book!

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Inspired Quill

Reviewed by Boudica on Jan 18 2010

Take this book on vacation with you, and sit at a street side café with a cup of dark French roast and enjoy an afternoon of being transported to another time and another place with some very interesting companions.

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Santa Clara County Library District

Reviewed by Santa Clara County Library District on Jan 01 2010

I highly recommend taking this book with you on your next vacation or trip to the beach, but be sure to get any sightseeing done ahead of time because once you start reading, you may find it hard to stop!

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