Review of Book The Honor of the Name by Emile Gaboriau



Here is a review of the book The Honor of the Name by Emile Gaboriau.

Book Title : The Honor of the Name
Author : Emile Gaboriau
LoC Class : PQ: Language and Literatures: Romance literatures: French, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese
Subject : Detective and mystery stories

 

Review of the book The Honor of the Name by Emile Gaboriau

Work form 19th Century French author considered a pioneer of modern detective fiction.

Monsieur Lecoq is a captivating mystery, historical and love story:

Around 11 o’clock, on the evening of Shrove Sunday 18.., close to the old Barrière d’Italie, frightful cries, coming from Mother Chupin’s drinking-shop, are heard by a party of detectives led by Inspector Gévrol.

The squad runs up to it. A triple murder has just been committed. The murderer is caught on the premises.

Despite Gévrol’s opinion that four scoundrels encountered each other in this vile den, that they began to quarrel, that one of them had a revolver and killed the others, Lecoq, a young police agent, suspects a great mystery.

In this second book (out of two) we go back in time to that dark period of French history. Little by little, the key to the mystery murder is unveiled.

Sherlockians will find similarities between these two novels ( Monsieur Lecoq and The Honor of the Name) and A Study in Scarlet. They will also recognize this as the particular case of Lecoq which Holmes complains about; he supposedly ‘could have solved it in 24 hours’. This is also the book which contains the most personal information about Lecoq ; he tends to make cameo appearances in the other mysteries. For more information on Lecoq’s personal life, you should also see File No 113

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And here is all the epic backstory of Monsieur Lecoq. As usual, the second book of Gaboriau’s is stronger, because you watch the lines being gathered in. There is so much history and hatred that nothing is truly resolved until the last bit. Lots of Restoration antics and outcries and worry woven in as well.

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