The Suicide Club (dover Thrift Editions)
A generous and remarkable young prince, together with his loyal and brave servant, find more adventure than they bargained for in The Suicide Club, Robert Louis Stevenson’s engrossing trilogy of short stories about a bizarre club for people with a strong desire to end their lives. In these interrelated tales, Prince Florizel of Bohemia and his aide, Colonel Geraldine, travel incognito through some of the most dangerous haunts of 19th-century London. “The Story of the Young Man with the Cream Tarts” introduces Florizel to the formidable Suicide Club, an organization for people who wish to end their lives, but don’t have the courage to accomplish the act themselves. The “Story of the Physician and the Saratoga Trunk” reveals the grim contents of a large piece of luggage that travels hundreds of miles to its final destination and in “The Adventure of the Hansom Cab,” a bloody resolution seals the fate of a notorious and elusive assassin. Brimming with heart-stopping drama, this rare, lesser-known work by a master storyteller will appeal to a wide circle of readers, including fans of the great 19th-century English writer as well as lovers of a good mystery story. THE SUICIDE CLUB is a collection of three 19th century detective fiction short stories by Robert Louis Stevenson that combine to form a single narrative. First published in the London Magazine in 1878, they were collected and republished in the first volume of the New Arabian Nights. The trilogy introduces the characters of Prince Florizel of Bohemia and his sidekick Colonel Geraldine. In this cycle they infiltrate a secret society of people intent on losing their lives. It has been described as: “The Prince’s investigation of the macabre club and its criminally inclined president makes for one of Stevenson’s most exciting and suspenseful tales.” The cycle has been adapted for stage, film and television on a number of occasions.