The Purloined Letter

Author: Edgar Allan Poe

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It is the last of three stories starring Detective Auguste Dupin.

The plot as such consists in the fact that a letter has been lost that can harm its owner, to whom it was addressed, if it falls into the wrong hands. Then the Parisian police prefect, seeing that he cannot solve the mystery, decides to ask Dupin for help since it is known who has it but not where the bold thief has hidden it.

With this story, Poe confirmed his mastery of creating intrigues and mysteries, far from his usual Gothic style, and anticipating what would become in time the criminal and detective genre we all know.


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