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Fantomas (Penguin Classics)

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ISBN13: 9780143104841
ISBN10: 0143104845
Condition: Standard
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One of literature’s first, greatest, and most dastardly gentleman rogues finally joins the Penguin Classics crime list
 
First published in 1900, A Prince of Swindlers introduces Simon Carne, a gentleman thief predating both E. W. Hornung’s A. J. Raffles and Maurice Leblanc’s Arsène Lupin. The British Viceroy first meets Carne while traveling in India. Charmed, he invites the reclusive hunchbacked scholar to London, little suspecting that his guest is actually an adventurer and a master of disguise. Carne—aided by his loyal butler, Belton—embarks on a crime spree, stealing from London’s richest citizens and then making fools of them by posing as a detective investigating the thefts. Now back in print after over a century, Guy Boothby’s tale promises to delight a new generation of crime fans.

Synopsis:

One episode simply melts away as the next takes over (The New York Times) in this deliciously sinister turn-of-the-century tale of a French evil genius run rampant. Three appalling crimes leave all of Paris aghast: the Marquise de Langruen is hacked to death, the Princess Sonia is robbed, and Lord Beltham is found dead, stuffed into a trunk. Inspector Juve knows that all the clues point to one suspect: the master of disguise, Fantmas. Juve cleverly pursues him in speeding trains, down dark alleys, through glittering Parisian salons, obsessed with bringing the demon mastermind to justice. As thrilling to read now as it was when first published in 1915, Fantmas is not a puzzle but an intoxicant (The Village Voice).

Synopsis:

“One episode simply melts away as the next takes over” (The New York Times) in this deliciously sinister turn-of-the-century tale of a French evil genius run rampant. Three appalling crimes leave all of Paris aghast: the Marquise de Langruen is hacked to death, the Princess Sonia is robbed, and Lord Beltham is found dead, stuffed into a trunk. Inspector Juve knows that all the clues point to one suspect: the master of disguise, Fantômas. Juve cleverly pursues him in speeding trains, down dark alleys, through glittering Parisian salons, obsessed with bringing the demon mastermind to justice. As thrilling to read now as it was when first published in 1915, Fantômas “is not a puzzle but an intoxicant” (The Village Voice).

 

About the Author

Marcel Allain and Pierre Souvestre wrote Fantômas and twenty sequels before Souvestr‛s death, after which Allain went on to write another eleven on his own.

John Ashbery is the author of more than twenty books of poetry. He is Charles P. Stevenson, Jr., Professor of Languages and Literature at Bard College.

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lukas, July 13, 2014 (view all comments by lukas)
Cool, atmospheric French crime novel that features an early example of the type of criminal mastermind that would populate so many movies. Spawned numerous sequels and film adaptations, the best of which is the 5-part silent serial by Louis Feuillade.Introduction by poet John Ashberry. Also check out "Arsene Lupin."
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780143104841
Author:
Allain, Marcel
Publisher:
Penguin Books
Introduction by:
Ashbery, John
Introduction:
Ashbery, John
Author:
Souvestre, Pierre
Author:
Hoppenstand, Gary
Author:
Boothby, Guy
Subject:
Mystery & Detective - General
Subject:
Fantomas (Fictitious character)
Subject:
Detective and mystery stories
Subject:
Mystery-A to Z
Subject:
Literary
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Penguin Classics
Publication Date:
20070131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Pages:
320
Dimensions:
7.75 x 5.06 in 0.34 lb
Age Level:
from 18

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"Synopsis" by , One episode simply melts away as the next takes over (The New York Times) in this deliciously sinister turn-of-the-century tale of a French evil genius run rampant. Three appalling crimes leave all of Paris aghast: the Marquise de Langruen is hacked to death, the Princess Sonia is robbed, and Lord Beltham is found dead, stuffed into a trunk. Inspector Juve knows that all the clues point to one suspect: the master of disguise, Fantmas. Juve cleverly pursues him in speeding trains, down dark alleys, through glittering Parisian salons, obsessed with bringing the demon mastermind to justice. As thrilling to read now as it was when first published in 1915, Fantmas is not a puzzle but an intoxicant (The Village Voice).
"Synopsis" by ,
“One episode simply melts away as the next takes over” (The New York Times) in this deliciously sinister turn-of-the-century tale of a French evil genius run rampant. Three appalling crimes leave all of Paris aghast: the Marquise de Langruen is hacked to death, the Princess Sonia is robbed, and Lord Beltham is found dead, stuffed into a trunk. Inspector Juve knows that all the clues point to one suspect: the master of disguise, Fantômas. Juve cleverly pursues him in speeding trains, down dark alleys, through glittering Parisian salons, obsessed with bringing the demon mastermind to justice. As thrilling to read now as it was when first published in 1915, Fantômas “is not a puzzle but an intoxicant” (The Village Voice).

 

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