In one of Maurice Leblanc’s most ornately constructed and beguiling tales, master of disguise and gentleman-burglar Arsène Lupin transforms both himself and (among those in the know) his reputation as a charming but incorrigible rake. When the heirs to a large fortune keep turning up dead under suspicious circumstances, Lupin is obliged by duty to pursue a baffling array of clues. Can he escape conviction for murder and exonerate the innocent people that only he can save from false punishment and psychic turmoil? Can he rescue the woman who has captivated his heart and mind from a seemingly inexorable and hideous fate? In this sweeping, engrossing tale rife with twists and turns, Lupin shows a hitherto seldom seen vulnerability, along with his legendary charisma, brio, wit, and good cheer.
Lupin has been depicted in countless film and stage adaptions, most recently as the inspiration of the Netflix series, Lupin, starring Omar Sy. This Warbler Classics edition includes a detailed chronology of Leblanc’s life and work.
Maurice Leblanc (1864-1947) was a French writer best known for creating the fictional character of Arsène Lupin. Lupin’s first appearance in Je sais tout, a French periodical, heralded the arrival of the most captivating crook of the literary world. Leblanc would go on to feature his masterful thief in novels and short stories for the next thirty years. Leblanc once said, “Lupin follows me everywhere. He is not my shadow. I am his shadow.”
“A burglar? I admit it. A swindler? I don’t deny it. He was all that. But he was something more than that…He was a master of adventure.” —Arsène Lupin on himself
Price: $14.95 (paperback) | $3.99 (ebook)
Pages: 375 pages
Book dimensions: 5.25 x .95 x 8 in
Published: August 19, 2021