The Murders in the Rue Morgue is the story of C. Auguste Dupin, a detective investigating the brutal murder of two women in the titular neighborhood. After pursuing a series of bizarre leads, Dupin discovers that the murderer is in fact an escaped orangutan, property of a negligent and brutal sailor. Terrified and confused in the London cityscape, the beast ran amok and killed. The story is often referred to as the first example of detective fiction.
The Murders in the Rue Morgue, often considered to be the first true detective story, concerns two unsolved murders in Paris. No one can solve the mystery; the room in which the murders occurred was locked and supposedly impossible to get into. When a man is imprisoned, despite any evidence that he committed the crime, the protagonist Dupin offers his services. The story's themes include logical reasoning, deduction, and urban crime.