Mystery and Crime Leroux, Gaston: The Bride of the Sun. v1. 08 Nov 2021
#1  GrannyGrump 11-07-2021, 03:17 PM
This book sets forth the tale of Dick Montgomery as he travels to Peru in hopes of marrying his fiancé, Maria-Teresa de la Torre, the daughter of a Spanish marquis. Unfortunately, his Maria is kidnapped by a secret cult devoted to sacrificing a virgin the sun god.
(—Publisher’s blurb)

Gaston Louis Alfred Leroux (6 May 1868 – 15 April 1927) was a French journalist and author of detective fiction. In the English-speaking world, he is best known for writing the novel The Phantom of the Opera (Le Fantôme de l’Opéra, 1910), which has been made into several film and stage productions of the same name, notably the 1925 film starring Lon Chaney, Andrew Lloyd Webber’s 1986 musical, and Joel Schumacher’s 2004 film based on the musical. Leroux’s 1907 novel The Mystery of the Yellow Room is one of the most celebrated locked room mysteries; and his contribution to French detective fiction is considered a parallel to those of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle in the United Kingdom and Edgar Allan Poe in the United States.

L’Épouse du Soleil was first published in 1912; the anonymous English translation The Bride of the Sun was published in 1915. This book is in the public domain where copyright is “Life+90” or less, and in the USA.

Cover image adapted from the French first edition dust-jacket.
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