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