It was with perfect indifference that he allowed an inspector to comb his hair and beard, and to examine the inside of his mouth, so as to make sure that he had not concealed either some fragment of glass, by the aid of which captives can sever the strongest bars, or one of those microscopical bits of lead with which prisoners write the notes they exchange, rolled up in a morsel of bread, and called "postilions.
The attendants are so accustomed to the horrors of the place that the most sickly sight fails to impress them; and even under the most distressing circumstances, they hasten gaily to and fro, exchanging jests well calculated to make an ordinary mortal's flesh creep. As a rule, they are far less interested in the corpses laid out for public view on the marble slabs in the principal hall than in the people of every age and station in life who congregate here all day long; at times coming in search of some lost relative or friend, but far more frequently impelled by idle curiosity.
The shop and work girls who reside in the neighborhood readily go out of their way to catch a glimpse of the corpses which crime, accident, and suicide bring to this horrible place. A few, the more sensitive among them, may come no further than the door, but the others enter, and after a long stare return and recount their impressions to their less courageous companions.
If there should be no corpse exhibited; if all the marble slabs are unoccupied, strange as it may seem, the visitors turn hastily away with an expression of disappointment or discontent.
There was no fear of their doing so, however, on the morrow of the tragedy at Poivriere, for the mysterious murderer whose identity Lecoq was trying to establish had furnished three victims for their delectation. Panting with curiosity, they paid but little attention to the unhealthy atmosphere: and yet a damp chill came from beyond the iron railings, while from the crowd itself rose an infectious vapor, impregnated with the stench of the chloride of lime used as a disinfectant.
As a continuous accompaniment to the exclamations, sighs, and whispered comments of the bystanders came the murmur of the water trickling from a spigot at the head of each slab; a tiny stream that flowed forth only to fall in fine spray upon the marble. Through the small arched windows a gray light stole in on the exposed bodies, bringing each muscle into bold relief, revealing the ghastly tints of the lifeless flesh, and imparting a sinister aspect to the tattered clothing hung around the room to aid in the identification of the corpses.
This clothing, after a certain time, is sold — for nothing is wasted at the Morgue. Unable to explain the cause of his comrade's absence, Lecoq addressed himself to the head keeper: "It would seem that no one has recognized the victims," he remarked. And yet, ever since opening, we have had an immense crowd. If I were master here, on days like this, I would charge an admission fee of two sous a head, with half-price for children. It would bring in a round sum, more than enough to cover the expenses. Segmuller, magistrate: Still, the tone of his voice was so paternal, and the subtle purport of his questions so veiled by his seeming frankness, that most of those whom he examined forgot the necessity of protecting themselves, and unawares confessed their guilt.
Thus, it frequently happened that while some unsuspecting culprit was complacently congratulating himself upon getting the best of the judge, the poor wretch was really being turned inside out like a glove. Chapter XVIII: So it is with the events of our daily life, however momentous they may appear at the hour of their occurrence.
It seems as if their impressions would last for years; but no, they speedily sink into the depths of the past, and time obliterates their passage—just as the water of the lake closes over and hides the stone, for an instant the cause of such commotion. Chapter XIX, Lecoq: A detective who can't equal the most skilful actor in the matter of make-up is no better than an ordinary policeman.
I have only practised at it for a twelvemonth, but I can easily make myself look old or young, dark or light, or assume the manner of a man of the world, or of some frightful ruffian of the barrieres. It came to him one evening after reading the memoirs of a celebrated detective, one of those men of subtle penetration, soft as silk, and supple as steel, whom justice sometimes sets upon the trail of crime.
This, however, he must prove. From that day forward he perused with feverish interest every book he could find that had any connection with the organization of the police service and the investigation of crime. Reports and pamphlets, letters and memoirs, he eagerly turned from one to the other, in his desire to master his subject. Such learning as he might find in books did not suffice, however, to perfect his education. Hence, whenever a crime came to his knowledge he started out in quest of the particulars and worked up the case by himself. Soon these platonic investigations did not suffice, and one evening, at dusk, he summoned all his resolution, and, going on foot to the Prefecture de Police, humbly begged employment from the officials there.
He was not very favorably received, for applicants were numerous. But he pleaded his cause so adroitly that at last he was charged with some trifling commissions. He performed them admirably. The great difficulty was then overcome. Other matters were entrusted to him, and he soon displayed a wonderful aptitude for his chosen work. The case of Madame B——, the rich banker's wife, made him virtually famous. Consulted at a moment when the police had abandoned all hope of solving the mystery, he proved by A plus B—by a mathematical deduction, so to speak—that the dear lady must have stolen her own property; and events soon proved that he had told the truth.
After this success he was always called upon to advise in obscure and difficult cases. It would be difficult to tell his exact status at the Prefecture. When a person is employed, salary or compensation of some kind is understood, but this strange man had never consented to receive a penny. What he did he did for his own pleasure — for the gratification of a passion which had become his very life. When the funds allowed him for expenses seemed insufficient, he at once opened his private purse; and the men who worked with him never went away without some substantial token of his liberality.
Of course, such a man had many enemies. He did as much work—and far better work than any two inspectors of police; and he didn't receive a sou of salary. Hence, in calling him "spoil-trade," his rivals were not far from right. Monsieur Lecoq tells the story of murder done in a Paris backstreet barroom. Lecoq's police patrol, led by Inspector Gevrol, is on their nightly rounds when they hear cries coming from a local bar.
Upon investigation, they find two men dead and one dying with their apparent murderer standing with the murder weapon in his hand. Gevrol takes appearances of a barroom brawl at face value and prepares his report appropriately for the judge. But Lecoq has his doubts. He receives permission to investig Monsieur Lecoq tells the story of murder done in a Paris backstreet barroom.
He receives permission to investigate on his own--and finds himself in the middle of a story of vengeance and murder tying two wealthy families. Despite the fact that this is the fourth or fifth, depending on which list you pay attention to Lecoq novel written, it is apparently a prequel and gives us Lecoq's first case. Maybe Holmes had this episode in mind when he spoke so disparagingly. When I read the previous novel File No. I was a bit disappointed with the detective as Gaboriau portrays him here. He begins the case pretty full of himself. He spots indications and clues that lead him to believe that this is no mere barroom brawl that has resulted in murder--indications that complete escape the notice of his superior officer.
When he's given leave to investigate further and, so the superior officer thinks, waste his time and make a fool of himself , he leads off well--giving the reader a rather thorough performance as the sleuth-hound. He follows footprints in the snow, he picks up bits of brown wool, he describes the murderer's accomplice whom he proves to have existed through the prints and wool, etc in great detail just as Holmes would do some years later. It's really quite extraordinary. But he then goes on to commit a few blunders when the principal murderer escapes and he winds up consulting an amateur detective who points out the mistakes he has made and the numerous opportunities he had to follow up clues and solve the mystery.
Still, the portion of the story that focuses on Lecoq is interesting and well-done. However, as with my reading of File No. One could wish the Gaboriau had learned the art of succinct story-telling when relaying back-story information. First posted on my blog My Reader's Block Unlike The Widow Lerouge, in this novel Gaboriau abandons the over-the-top reliance on coincidence and replaces it with Lecoq's 'If at first you don't succeed try, try again' approach to investigation.
That book made me positively ill. The question was to id Unlike The Widow Lerouge, in this novel Gaboriau abandons the over-the-top reliance on coincidence and replaces it with Lecoq's 'If at first you don't succeed try, try again' approach to investigation. The question was to identify an unknown prisoner. I could have done it in twenty-four hours.
Lecoq took six months or so. It might be made a textbook for detectives to teach them what to avoid. Shelves: indonesian , org-europian , cf-crime-fiction.
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Monsieur Lecoq adalah seorang polisi muda dari kesatuan Kota Paris di tahun an. Berbeda dengan polisi yang lain, ia cepat tanggap, tidak mudah mengeneralisasi kesimpulan tanpa bukti-bukti konkrit dan mau bersusah-payah mencari jawaban yang pas. Kesimpulan harus datang dari fakta, bukan fakta-fakta yang harus disesuaikan dengan kesimpulan. Metode-nya sendiri sangat avant-garde saat itu, deduksi logis dan metode ilmiah mengingatkan pada jargon The Science of Deduction kah??
Hal-hal ini yan Monsieur Lecoq adalah seorang polisi muda dari kesatuan Kota Paris di tahun an. Hal-hal ini yang membuatnya sedikit terasing di antara rekan-rekannya.
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Suatu malam, dalam tugas patroli rutin, pasukannya memergoki pembunuhan tiga orang pria di sebuah kedai minum. Seorang pria bernama May tanpa nama belakang berhasil ditangkap namun ia menyatakan pembunuhan ini adalah aksi membela diri. Penyelidikan awal oleh polisi Gevrol menyimpulkan kejadian ini adalah pertengkaran berbuntut pembunuhan.
Namun Lecoq mendapatkan fakta-fakta yang berbicara lain. Kenyataan bahwa si tertuduh adalah seseorang yang sangat terpelajar, terlibatnya dua orang wanita misterius yang mati-matian disangkal oleh tertuduh serta seorang rekan terselubung yang muncul dimana-mana menyiratkan adanya kasus yang lebih besar daripada sekedar perkelahian akibat mabuk. Hakim yang dipanggil untuk memeriksa kasus tersebut awalnya sangat tertarik menyelidiki, namun 15 menit setelah menemui tertuduh, sang Hakim buru-buru pulang dan melimpahkan penyelidikan pada Hakim Pemeriksa lain.
Tinggalah Lecoq, dan seorang polisi tua yang sedikit suka minum bernama Bapak Absinthe, berusaha meyakinkan Hakim baru dan kemudian mereka bertiga sekuat tenaga mengurai simpul-simpul misteri di balik kasus ini. Novel detektif ini diterbitkan pertama kali pada tahun , dan diakui oleh Sir Arthur Conan Doyle sebagai inspirator tokoh Sherlock Holmes, dan tokoh Lecoq sendiri diacu dalam kisah SH A Study in Scarlet di mana Sherlock menggambarkan Lecoq sebagai detektif yang 'brilliant but a bumbler'.
Dan setelah menyimak buku ini dari awal sampai akhir, mau tak mau saya juga mengakui ke-hijau-an M. Lecoq seperti yang disampaikan oleh si tua Tirauclair di bab-bab akhir buku. Tepat sekali penggambaran seorang polisi muda yang bersemangat, cerdas namun masih sangat kurang pengalaman.
Untuk endingnya sendiri, ada dua hal yang teringat. Siapa-siapa yang sebenarnya terbunuh dan apa motifnya, masihlah gelap. Dan anehnya, tampaknya hal ini bukanlah hal penting yang harus dijawab pengarang lewat tokoh-tokohnya. Pokoknya di akhir kisah kita semua tahu siapa si May itu sebenarnya.
Endingnya sangat tidak biasa. May, si tertuduh misterius lepas dari tangan Lecoq, hilang seperti asap. Namun, sebagai 'balas jasa', May memberi Lecoq seorang buronan paling berbahaya di Paris, hingga karier Lecoq sendiri tidak tercoreng.
Monsieur Lecoq by Gaboriau Emile
Ada ketidakpuasan seperti saat membaca Sherlock atau Poirot, namun demikian harus diingat kembali bahwa kisah ini ditulis hampir satu setengah abad yang lalu. Jadi, dengan pertimbangan itu, saya tetap berpendapat bahwa kisah buku ini bintang 4. Note untuk edisi terjemahan bahasa Indonesia. Buku ini edisi terjemahan oleh Visimedia Pustaka.
Karya penerbit tersebut yang pertama kali saya baca. Hanya saja typo masih bertaburan di mana-mana. Tidak sangat banyak hingga mengganggu tapi cukup untuk menarik perhatian mata pembaca baca: saya. Semoga terbitan-terbitan selanjutnya penyunting dan proof-reader-nya lebih teliti ya.
Ilustrasi Lecoq yang polisi kok malah terlihat seperti gambaran vampire sok cakep. View 2 comments. Nov 25, Scot rated it really liked it. Although this is the fifth novel that Gaboriau published featuring Lecoq it was published in , this tale, the first of any about him I ever read, is a prequel that introduces the young detective just starting out, so there was no problem beginning here rather than in the first book, The Lerouge Case , which debuted in Laying out the classical detective model, the story moves ahead at what might seem a sluggish pace for a modern reader, as again and again we have Lecoq eyeing a setting or situation for evidence, recognizing something or things that others do not, and then we learn the information by hearing him explain it to a befuddled supporting character—usually his sidekick Father Absinthe, a charming old fellow who now and then drinks too much, which can lead to amusement or problems, but in any case makes him more diverting than Watson.
Because Gevrol happens upon the scene of a triple murder in a rundown drinking establishment in a dangerous neighborhood of Paris not long after it occurred, he quickly assumes who is responsible and why based on his ideas about norms, so he sloughs the task of final collection of predictable details and clues onto Lecoq, and so our pursuit of truth begins. The book includes a wise old bedridden mentor character named Tabaret, an elderly genius whom Lecoq seeks out when he himself is truly perplexed—which is rare, indeed!
Nov 20, Sara rated it liked it Shelves: 19th-century-fiction , crime-fiction , mystery , audiobooks. Published in , Monsieur Lecoq predates A Study in Scarlet by 18 years and is acknowledged as an influence on Arthur Conan Doyle specifically, but also on the development of detective fiction in general. This entertaining novel has two parts. The first begins with a crime and follows the Parisian detective, Monsieur Lecoq, as he tries to unravel its intricacies. The second begins decades earlier, tracing the somewhat melodramatic affairs of some country folks and landed aristocracy whose turm Published in , Monsieur Lecoq predates A Study in Scarlet by 18 years and is acknowledged as an influence on Arthur Conan Doyle specifically, but also on the development of detective fiction in general.
The second begins decades earlier, tracing the somewhat melodramatic affairs of some country folks and landed aristocracy whose turmoils eventually lead to the crime committed at the beginning of the first book. In other words, the entire novel in two parts ends where it begins.
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Although I enjoyed the first part with its focus on crime detection immensely more than the second melodramatic part, taken as a whole it has a very satisfying narrative construction. Gaboriau had a distinct flair for character and plot construction. I would happily read another Monsieur Lecoq adventure. Sep 06, James rated it really liked it Shelves: listened-to , podcast. Monsieur Lecoq, a French private detective, reminds me a bit of Sherlock Holmes. Doyle readers will notice similarities.
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The crime is committed early and Lecoq's relentless search for the culprit s gives an interesting view of Parisian society and the city. Early forensic practices are mentioned. Pero no, no hay quien iguale a mi Sherlock. Nov 08, Rae Shue rated it it was amazing Shelves: reading-challenge. Holy cow! What a ride! Monsieur Le Coq is a young detective trying to solve his first case.
The end, though wanting, leaves you open and anxious for the next book. While some twists were foreseeable, the big ones weren't. Le Coq has his faults, but they endear him to you. This book was recommended to me by my bestie and I truly enjoyed this book. We buddied up it was truly a fun ride. I highly recommend this book for those who enjoy Sherlock novels :.
Is Emile Gaboriau truly the "father of detective fiction"? Well, lets just say he works Monsieur Lecoq to the bone to solve the mystery. He flogs the poor fellow into becoming the savvy detective he will blossom into later in other books. The story involves a lot of detail, the solution to the mystery is just beyond reach, the bureaucratic in-fighting is almost expected, but it really does set a pattern for future detective novels, which hasn't changed much for over years!
So, perhaps, I wil Is Emile Gaboriau truly the "father of detective fiction"? So, perhaps, I will agree that this book sets a standard which mystery buffs have benefitted from for such a long time. I'm ready for more by this author. Jun 15, Robin Rader added it. Referred by Robert Louis Stevenson. An early police procedural, set in 19th century Paris.
Aug 19, Arnault Duprez rated it liked it. Tersangka, May mengaku hanya membela diri tapi Lecoq tidak percaya begitu saja, apalagi ketika dirinya menemukan dua jejak perempuan dan sebuah jejak lelaki di belakang kedai. Analisa awal yang mendetail dari Lecoq mengejutkan kepolisian yang saat itu tidak terlalu suka memperpanjang kasus. Kepolisian hanya senang menyimpul "Orang-orang Prusia datang," teriakan inilah yang mengawali kecurigaan Monsieur Lecoq, bahwa tersangka pembunuhan di kedai minum Janda Chupin, melakukannya dengan terencana.
Kepolisian hanya senang menyimpulkan kasus dari bukti-bukti yang tampak oleh mata. Segmuller sangat alot. May yang sudah mendekam di bui tampak lihai melakukan perannya.
Ulasan selengkapnya di Monsieur Lecoq Aug 02, B. Like most of Gaboriau's two-volume works, the first half here sets up a crime, our principal players and about a million pieces of evidence. It's all table setting for volume two The Honour of the Name. However, M. Lecoq is a green beginner here, nothing of the smooth and faultless skill displayed in earlier books.
Lecoq plays only a minor role in this story, much of which is taken up by Mister Tabaret, an amateur sleuth nicknamed "Tirauclair" French for "clarifier" , whom Lecoq recommends to help solve a murder. Monsieur Lecoq appears in five novels and one short story written by Gaboriau and several pastiches. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Categories : Fictional French people in literature Fictional French police detectives. Hidden categories: Articles with LibriVox links. Namespaces Article Talk.