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The Blonde Lady

Being a Record of the Duel of Wits between Arsène Lupin and the English Detective

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Author: Maurice LeBlanc
Published: 1907
Language: English
Wordcount: 63,862 / 199 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 77.9
LoC Category: PZ
Audiobook: librivox.org
Downloads: 5,979
Added to site: 2008.03.16
mnybks.net#: 20325
Origin: gutenberg.org

A battle of wits between master criminal Arsène Lupin, and the English detective "Holmlock Shears."

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myself. Arsène Lupin stole the major's letter with the lottery-ticket."

"Tell him to prove it," was Lupin's rejoinder to the journalists.

"But he stole the desk!" exclaimed M. Gerbois in front of the same journalists.

"Tell him to prove it!" retorted Lupin once again.

And a delightful entertainment was provided for the public by this duel between the two owners of number 514, series 23, by the constant coming and going of the journalists and by the coolness of Arsène Lupin as opposed to the frenzy of poor M. Gerbois.

Unhappy man! The press was full of his lamentations! He confessed the full extent of his misfortunes in a touchingly ingenuous way:

"It's Suzanne's dowry, gentlemen, that the villain has stolen!... For myself, personally, I don't care; but for Suzanne! Just think, a million! Ten hundred thousand francs! Ah, I always said the desk contained a treasure!"

He was told in vain that his adversary, when taking away the desk, knew nothing of

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Average Rating of 3 from 1 reviews: ***
2012.12.11
Henry L. Ratliff
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* The French gentleman thief Arsine Lupin vs. the English detective Holmlock Shears.

*Two encounters, over stolen jewelry, test the ingenuity of one against the wits of the other.

* Lupin, although not a Robbin Hood, has his kinder side, but not for a chance to outdo the police or an adversary.

A pleasant dose of humor and satire that does not get in the way of the mystery plots..


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