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Arsène Lupin, Gentleman-Thief

Arsène Lupin, Gentleman-Thief

Maurice Leblanc
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The inspiration for the new Netflix series, Lupin, starring Omar Sy.

Leblanc's creation, Gentleman thief Arsène Lupin, is everything you would expect from a French aristocrat—witty, charming, brilliant, sly...and possibly the greatest thief in the world.

The poor and innocent have nothing to fear from him; often they profit from his spontaneous generosity. The rich and powerful, and the detective who tries to spoil his fun, however, must beware. They are the target of Lupin's mischief and tomfoolery. A masterful thief turned detective, his plans frequently evolve into elaborate plots, the predecessor to such present day capers as Ocean's Eleven and The Sting.

A turn-of-the-century surprise hit when he first appeared in a short story, Lupin was created in response to the popularity of Sherlock Holmes. These stories—the best of the Lupin series—are outrageous, melodramatic, and literate, and they sparkle with amusing banter.

For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.

Paperback: 304 pages
Subjects: Fiction Mystery Detective Literary Classics