- Tapa dura: 382 páginas
- Editor: Palala Press (1 de septiembre de 2015)
- Idioma: Inglés
- ISBN-10: 1341090566
- ISBN-13: 978-1341090561
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File no. 113 (Inglés) Tapa dura – 1 sep 2015
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We watch him assume various amusing disguises. He's such a master of imposture that not even his fellow policemen know his true face! We witness him orchestrating a network of police and amateur spies. We groan as he makes mistakes and marvel at how adeptly he recovers from his errors. We see him engage in scheming as devious and intricate as the duplicity of the criminals he's trying to ensnare.
The plot is launched with a clever bank robbery that implicates the head cashier, Prosper Bertomy. This attractive young man engages the interest of Lecoq, who suspects Prosper may be falsely accused. The fact that Prosper is unhappily in love also stirs Lecoq's sympathy. The wily detective is the champion of love in all its forms, as befits a Frenchman of good heart.
Human passions fuel events, and the events in the novel are sensational. Besides robbery there's murder, conspiracy, blackmail. The most respectable people engage in egregious lying. At times the elaborate scheming of the conspirators becomes a bit tedious, but I was so caught up in the story I didn't mind. Gaboriau is just trying to keep us in suspense. Nineteenth-century readers had the patience to wait for Lecoq to outwit the criminals.
Clues are examined, suspicious characters tailed and their backgrounds researched, as they might be in a modern thriller. But then there are the elaborate disguises and the Victorian morality to remind us we're in the nineteenth century.
So I loved this novel, as I have loved everything by Gaboriau. And I liked this edition from Distinction Press for its readable format and interesting editorial content. The first book in which Lecoq appears, though briefly, is The Widow Lerouge, which I also highly recommend.
Le Dossier No. 113 (1867) ("File Number 113") is the most disappointing of Gaboriau's books. It does not start out with a detailed look at a crime scene, followed by deductions. H. Douglas Thomson compared it scornfully to a Hollywood thriller. It is also slow moving. It does have a great title, and the inside look at a French bank in the opening chapters is moderately interesting. It does show some features in common with Gaboriau's other fiction: the look at young men's mistresses recalls L'Affaire Lerouge; the wily persistence of the young bank clerk in evading police investigation anticipates the murder suspect in Monsieur Lecoq; and the construction of the puzzle plot contains features that will be expanded in "Le Petit Vieux des Batignoles", which contains one of Gaboriau's most complex plots. But all in all, this is a poor book....