The Triumphs of Eugene Valmont

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When I say I am called Valmont, the name will convey no impression to the reader, one way or another. My occupation is that of private detective in London, but if you ask any policeman in Paris who Valmont was he will likely be able to tell you, unless he is a recent recruit. If you ask him where Valmont is now, he may not know, yet I have a good deal to do with the Parisian police.
For a period of seven years I was chief detective to the Government of France, and if I am unable...
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Overview

When I say I am called Valmont, the name will convey no impression to the reader, one way or another. My occupation is that of private detective in London, but if you ask any policeman in Paris who Valmont was he will likely be able to tell you, unless he is a recent recruit. If you ask him where Valmont is now, he may not know, yet I have a good deal to do with the Parisian police.
For a period of seven years I was chief detective to the Government of France, and if I am unable to prove myself a great crime hunter, it is because the record of my career is in the secret archives of Paris.
I may admit at the outset that I have no grievances to air. The French Government considered itself justified in dismissing me, and it did so. In this action it was quite within its right, and I should be the last to dispute that right; but, on the other hand, I consider myself justified in publishing the following account of what actually occurred, especially as so many false rumours have been put abroad concerning the case. However, as I said at the beginning, I hold no grievance, because my worldly affairs are now much more prosperous than they were in Paris, my intimate knowledge of that city and the country of which it is the capital bringing to me many cases with which I have dealt more or less successfully since I established myself in London.
Without further preliminary I shall at once plunge into an account of the case which riveted the attention of the whole world a little more than a decade ago.
The year 1893 was a prosperous twelve months for France. The weather was good, the harvest excellent, and the wine of that vintage is celebrated to this day. Everyone was well off and reasonably happy, a marked contrast to the state of things a few years later, when dissension over the Dreyfus case rent the country in twain.
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  • ISBN-13: 9781499585810
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
  • Publication date: 5/18/2014
  • Pages: 110
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.23 (d)

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Stephen Knight is Professor of English at the University of Wales, Cardiff. He has written books on Chaucer, King Arthur, and crime fiction. His latest book is Robin Hood: A Complete Study of the English Outlaw.

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Table of Contents

Introduction
Select Bibliography
A Note on the Text
1 The Mystery of the Five Hundred Diamonds 3
2 The Siamese Twin of a Bomb-Thrower 28
3 The Clue of the Silver Spoons 65
4 Lord Chizelrigg's Missing Fortune 82
5 The Absent-Minded Coterie 103
6 The Ghost with the Club-Foot 139
7 The Liberation of Wyoming Ed 165
8 Lady Alicia's Emeralds 184
Appendix Two Sherlock Holmes Parodies
1 The Adventures of Sherlaw Kombs 204
2 The Adventure of the Second Swag 212
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