The Girl With the Golden Eyes is a short novel by Balzac that is actually part of the "Thirteen" series that includes other stories like Ferragus and The Duchesse of Langeais. Honoré de Balzac is one of the most famous French writers, famous for his multi-faceted characters and morally ambiguous situations, characters, and endings. He was a big influence on other writers, like Dostoyevsky, Flaubert, Faulkner, and Jack Kerouac. The plot of this story focuses on Henri de Marsay who falls in love with Paquita Valdes and decides to try his hand at seduction. He succeeds in winning her love, but as he discovers that she has other love interests, he begins to plot and try his hand at murder. A gripping tale of love, seduction, murder, and beytrayal, The Girl With the Golden Eyes leads up to a shocking finale. The Girl With the Golden Eyes is recommended for serious readers of literature.