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Introduction, The Moonstone
Описание:A fabulous yellow diamond becomes the dangerous inheritance of Rachel Verinder. Outside her Yorkshire country house watch the Hindu priests who have waited for centuries to reclaim their ancient talisman, looted from the holy city of Somnauth. When theMoonstone disappears the case looks simple, but in mid-Victorian England no one is what they seem, and nothing can be taken for granted. Witnesses, suspects, and detectives take up the story in turn. The bemused butler, the love-stricken housemaid,the enigmatic detective Sergeant Cuff, the drug-addicted scientist, each speculates on the mystery as Collins weaves their narratives into a masterpiece of construction and suspense. Experiments with drugs and the power of the unconscious; bourgeoisfears of police intrusion; imperialist looting and the occult revenge it invokes; all interest towards the novel`s breathtaking solution.