Arsène Lupin 4: 813

Maurice Leblanc

Millionaire diamond collector Rudolf Kesselbach is killed in a Paris hotel room, with Lupin's calling card pinned to his chest. With the police hot on his trail, the master burglar must use every trick in the book and more to escape their traps and clear his name by finding  the man responsible for the murder. The mystery involves letters to Bismarck, a clock with the number 813 has significance, and an emperor needing to make several journeys incognito. But as Lupin soon discovers, this is not just about him the fate of Europe may hang in the balance as well.

  • Classification : Classic Crime & Adventure/Thrillers
  • Pub Date : JUN 20, 2023
  • Imprint : YELLOWBACK
  • Page Extent : 392
  • Binding : PB
  • ISBN : 9789357310246
  • Price : INR 499

Maurice Leblanc

Maurice Marie Émile Leblanc was a French novelist and writer of short stories, known primarily as the creator of the gentleman burglar, adventurer and detective Arsène Lupin, often described as a French counterpart to Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes and Hornung's Raffles.

Refusing the career that his father had set up for him at a card factory, Leblanc instead went to Paris in 1888, to pursue writing as a journalist. But he soon turned novelist and storyteller. His first novel, Une femme (A Woman), published in 1893 was a success and was followed by other works, such as Des couples (The Couples), Voici des ailes (Here are wings) and a play La pitié, released in 1902, which was a flop. In 1905, Pierre Lafitte, the director of the monthly Je sais tout, commissioned a short story from Leblanc, with the brief that he was to combine the appeal of A.J Raffles by Ernest William Hornung and Sherlock Holmes. The result was L'Arrestation d'Arsène Lupin (The Arrest of Arsène Lupin) which was a huge success. Two years later, the book Arsène Lupin, Gentleman Burglar was released, and the rest was historywith one of the most successful series being born.

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