Review: The Club Dumas

(Note: This is a review I wrote maybe six months ago, before I remembered I had a blog).

By Arturo Pérez-Reverte. New York: Harvest Books, 2006. 362 pages

Spanish author Reverte has had several of his novels turned into movies. Perhaps the most famous was the Roman Polanski film, “The Ninth Gate,” which was inspired by the basic plot of The Club Dumas.

Lucas Corso, the protagonist, is a finder of rare books for wealthy Europeans.  In this thriller, he is hunting down a buyer for a rare first chapter from Dumas’ The Three Musketeers, and a book that is supposed to summon Satan, “The Nine Doors.”

Publisher’s Weekly perhaps sums up the attitude of the book best: “It’s a beach book for intellectuals.” An enthralling read from start to finish, its perfect for those long summer days in a hammock or on the beach.

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