A surprisingly easy book to read. McGibeny's prose attracted me immediately. Very entertaining.
Chroniquing the hystory of French crime/suspense/thriller literature, the French writers Boileau-Narcejac once wrote that in the period "between LeBlanc and Simenon, there is nobody".
This is the first of Lupin's books. Here, the character is introduced, and his exploits as an international bandit, are best shown.
I read it about 40 years ago. I cannot guess whether these stories would sound today as engrossing as they were to me. But give them a try; after all, Arsene Lupin is the grandfather, and in a sense the greatest, of all white-glove thieves.
This is a classic of all times, and probably Futrelle´s best known story. It deserves to be read.
The hero accepts to be locked in cell 13 to win a wage: he should escape before the day of his "execution".
The author, Jacques Futrelle, died in the Titanic disaster.