A mysterious desk leads Lupin into a duel with a world-famous detective
A mathematics professor is combing through the artifacts in a Parisian secondhand shop when a writing desk catches his eye. He buys it for his daughter in celebration of her impending marriage, but just three days later it has disappeared—stolen by the master thief Arsène Lupin. It would be nothing but an inconvenience for the professor, save for one fact: the desk contained his daughter’s dowry in the form of a winning lottery ticket worth one million francs.
To retrieve his ticket, the professor engages with Lupin in a delicate game of cat and mouse. The desk is but the start of the master thief’s greatest adventure: the affair of the Blonde Lady, which will require the intervention of a world-famous English detective who is nearly as brilliant as Lupin himself.
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Maurice Leblanc (1864–1941) was best known for his tales featuring the gentleman thief Arsène Lupin. Born in Rouen, France, Leblanc was inspired by the success of Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes stories and invented Lupin as a French adversary for the great detective. Lupin appeared in dozens of novels and short stories and was the basis for several films. Of his great antihero, Leblanc once said, “Lupin follows me everywhere. He is not my shadow. I am his shadow.”read more