In Paris, six women have vanished, to be found a week later, mutilated with their skulls split open. Evidence suggests that the murderer is a woman and that she is preparing to strike again.
Trying to escape from her boring life, Hortense Daniel meets the mysterious Prince Rénine. When Prince Rénine's lover disappears, he fears that she is about to become the latest victim. All seems helpless and a rescue seems impossible before the axe falls. But Rénine is actualy Arsène Lupin, the world's greatest criminal mastermind, and he will stop at nothing to catch the killer.
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.