Lupin by Maurice Leblanc
Trade Paperback – Dover – Jul 2021 – 139 pages
The first collection of short stories by French novelist Maurice Leblanc – and the inspiration for countless retellings, interpretations, and adaptations in film, television, comic books, games, and more – Lupin depicts the elaborate capers of a suave thief and master of disguise as he steals from the rich and powerful. Originally published in 1907 as Arsène Lupin, Gentleman Burglar, the collection contains nine stories depicting this classic character, including some of his best-known adventures.
Charmingly written and full of wit, the book includes “The Arrest of Arsène Lupin,” detailing a transatlantic steamship voyage with the legendary thief hiding among the passengers; “The Escape of Arsène Lupin,” revealing his brilliant scheme to get out of prison before trial; and “Sherlock Holmes Arrives Too Late,” adding Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s timeless detective to the mix. Additional stories include “The Mysterious Traveler,” “The Queen’s Necklace,” “The Seven of Hearts,” “Madame Imbert’s Safe,” “The Black Pearl,” and “Arsène Lupin in Prison.”