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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Classics (26 July 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0143104861
  • ISBN-13: 978-0143104865
  • Product Dimensions: 13.1 x 1.5 x 19.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 472,576 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Maurice Leblanc (1864-1941) French author and journalist, was the creator of Arsène Lupin, master of disguises, the French gentleman-thief turned detective. Leblanc was a very prolific writer - he published over sixty novels and short stories.

Michael Sims is the author of Adam's Navel: A Natural and Cultural History of the Human Form, and Darwin's Orchestra: An Almanac of Nature in History and the Arts.

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By M. Dowden HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 7 Feb. 2008
Format: Paperback
Take Sherlock Holmes and Raffles, throw in a touch of Hercule Poirot, and what do you get? Arsene Lupin of course. This book contains the very best of the Arsene Lupin short stories, bringing you a very entertaining read.

Originally created due to the success of Sherlock Holmes, Maurice Leblanc suddenly found that he had struck gold with his very different criminal. Lupin has it all, he has no trouble in getting the ladies, is a con- artist, pickpocket, master of illusion, latter day Robin Hood, cracksmen, burglar and a righter of wrongs.

The first few stories shows how Lupin runs rings around the police force, engineering his own escape from prison and other daring criminal expoits, but nearer the end of this book of short stories we find Lupin actually solving crimes by the use of his keen observation and intelligence. Indeed if Sherlock Holmes had become a criminal he may very well have turned out as Lupin.

If you like something different to the mainstream crime novels you will love this book, as the stories are well written, witty and show many facets of the same character. Be warned though, this book is very addictive reading and you may not be able to put it down.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Keris Nine TOP 500 REVIEWER on 28 May 2009
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Not in any chronological order, but acting all the same as a fine introduction to Maurice Leblanc's master criminal, the short stories in this earliest Arsène Lupin collection commence with his arrest, followed just as quickly by his miraculous evasion from justice. The remainder of the other stories lack the ingenuousness and incredible twists of the longer works, but there are some hints here of what would follow - Lupin's run-ins with Inspector Ganimard and his first encounter with his most capable adversary, the great English Detective Herlock Sholmès (Conan Doyle none too impressed by this character); his daring burglaries and his solving of great mysteries, where no safe is secure, no locked room inaccessible and no house is without a secret passage; his romantic adventuring and his boastful relationship with the press, L'Echo de France, making him a figure of legend, setting the tone for what would become one of the most thrilling creations in French pulp crime fiction.
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Great stories, silly way of publishing them 24 July 2010
By Homero Castellanos - Published on
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No question about it, the stories are great! The only problem with this book is that they're stories cherry picked from the other lupin novels. So if you want to pick up the other ones this whole book is just full of spoilers! The description is quite deceptive on this and so is the title. I mistook it for Gentleman burglar. Pick up the full novels instead of this one.
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A "Best of" Collection of Arsene Lupin stories 1 Mar. 2013
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A word of warning!!

This is NOT the first Arsene Lupin book/collection, "Arsene Lupin: Gentleman Burglar". This is a "Best of" collection of Arsene Lupin stories taken from 3 of the earlier collections.

Now, who is Arsene Lupin? He is a very popular French character, created as a some-what rival to Sherlock Holmes (who he actually encounters in several early stories). Instead of being a detective (tho he would become one), he is a 'gentleman-burglar'. But he makes a point of stealing from the rich and powerful, and usually gives to the poor and downtrodden. He is witty and charming, so this makes him very popular. There are many books (novels and short story collections) of him, and he has spawned both tv shows and movies.

As noted, this book collects 13 stories from 3 collections. They are:

from "Arsene Lupin: Gentleman Thief":
* "The Arrest of Arsene Lupin"
* "Arsene Lupin in Prison"
* "The Escape of Arsene Lupin"
* "The Mysterious Railway Passenger"
* "The Queen's Necklace"
* "Sherlock Holmes Arrives Too Late"

from "The Confessions of Arsene Lupin":
* "Flashes of Sunlight"
* "The Wedding-ring"
* "The Red Silk Scarf"
* "Edith Swan-neck"

from "Eight Strokes of the Clock"
* "On the Top of the Tower"
* "Theres and Germaine"
* "At the Sign of Mercury"

For those wanting to know more about Arsene Lupin, read the page on him at the "Cool French Comics" site that is part of Black Coat Press's website. Black Coat Press has put out several Arsene Lupin books and collections, include 3 with works by Leblanc.
Belle Epoch Comes Alive 1 Feb. 2014
By Amit Pieter - Published on
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I bought this book on the recommendation of my French wife who knows I love Sherlock Holmes. She read it as a teenager in French. I love the Penguin translation. Although Lupin is often compared to Holmes (Leblanc did that himself), he is really a character all to himself, delighting in his cunning as Holmes did but exercising it on the other side of the law. The stories, or multiple épisodes, capture turn-of-the-century France in a style that is highly readable and evocative for a Francophile. I've enjoyed reading it slowly and recommend it to others as it was offered to me.
5 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Great Intro to the Gentleman-Theif of all time! 18 Aug. 2008
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I have read Arsene Lupin in other languages; and this volume is great for those who are curious about A.L. He is definitely more dashing than Sherlock Holmes, and the stories are more psychologically or "humanly" involved.
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