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About the author:
Gaston Louis Alfred Leroux is best known for writing "The Phantom of the Opera," which was made into several stage and screen productions. He studied law in Paris and managed to squander away millions of francs that he inherited, living wildly and nearly going bankrupt, which then forced him to find work as a reporter, covering criminal cases.
One of the notorious ones he covered involved an opera house in Paris that had a basement cell used at one time to hold prisoners. It was no doubt partly an inspiration for his Phantom of the Opera novel.
Gaston left journalism in 1907 at the age of 39, and began his writing career on a full-time basis, having written two other works in 1902 and 1903. The current title was published in late 1907 and early 1908 and led to a long and successful career that ended more than fifteen years later when he died in France on the same day U.S. taxes are due: April 15th, 1927.
Leroux's many contributions to French detective fiction is considered on a level equal to that of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's and Edgar Allan Poe's in both the United Kingdom and the United States.
The "Mystery of the Yellow Room" is the first one of a series of stories featuring Gaston's young criminal reporter Joseph Rouletabille, obviously fashioned after Gaston himself. He went on to write seven more stories with the same crime-solving protagonist.
The Mystery Of The Yellow Room
A Magic Lamp Classic Mystery
This is novel, written by the same person who created the "Phantom of the Opera" is reportedly on of the best 'locked-room' mysteries written during the 1900's, and inspired Agatha Christie to write her first book.
The sleuth is a young journalist named Joseph Rouletabille, who uses reasoning and logic to solve the crime of the scientist's daughter who is the victim of an attempted murder that takes place in a room with bars on the windows, a double-locked door, making it impossible for the perpetrator to have committed the crime and escaped.
In a 1935 novel, John Dickson Carr, the master of locked-room mysteries, declared the Yellow Room Mystery to be the 'best detective tale ever written.' it was voted the third best locked room mystery of all time.
Another one that may come close to this book is one of the Peter Sharp Legal Mysteries, "The Magician's Legacy" by Gene Grossman - also available from Amazon.com as item number 3332825.
- Publication Date:
- 1882629698 / 9781882629695
- Page Count:
- Binding Type:
- US Trade Paper
- Trim Size:
- 5.25" x 8"
- Black and White
- Related Categories:
- Fiction / Mystery & Detective / General