Gaston Louis Alfred Leroux (1868-1927) was a French journalist and writer of detective fiction. He began his career in Journalism in the 1890s, reporting on a number of significant events including the Russian Revolution of 1905. In 1907, Leroux left journalism and began writing detective stories. He is best known in the English-speaking world for THE PHANTON OF THE OPERA, which has been remade into several successful film and musical versions, including the longest-running musical in Broadway history.
BALAOO is the story of an intelligent ape-man who escapes from his trainer, commits a murder, and escapes to Paris, where he terrorizes the city.
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