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The Confessions of Arsène Lupin

Maurice Leblanc

Book Overview: 

A collection of nine stories - or confessions - of the celebrated gentleman thief Arsene Lupin.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .I have[63] in my bag. By Jove, I didn't spend six months with Dickson, the conjurer,[C] for nothing!"

"But then ...?"

"Out with it!"

"The working jeweller?"

"Was Horace Velmont! Was good old Lupin! Leaving the countess at three o'clock in the morning, I employed the few remaining minutes before the husband's return to have a look round his study. On the table I found the letter from the working jeweller. The letter gave me the address. A bribe of a few louis enabled me to take the workman's place; and I arrived with a wedding-ring ready cut and engraved. Hocus-pocus! Pass!... The count couldn't make head or tail of it."

"Splendid!" I cried. And I added, a little chaffingly, in my turn, "But don't you think that you were humbugged a bit yourself, on this occasion?"

"Oh! And by whom, pray?"

"By the countess?"

"In what way?"

"Hang it all, that name engraved as a talisman!... The mysteri. . . Read More

Community Reviews

If this lower rating conflicts with my review of Arsène Lupin, gentleman cambrioleur , I will endorse the first anthology for allowing for misinterpretations. In more... depth, the Arsène Lupin one encounters here is hardly a gentleman, more like a vanitous poseur and a fop with very few scruple...more

"Arsène Lupin, what's your real opinion of Inspector Ganimard?"

French legend maintained the tapestry was commissioned and created by Queen Matilda, William the Conqueror's wife, and her ladies-in-waiting. Indeed, in France it is occasionally known as "La Tapisserie de la Reine Mathilde" (Tapestry...more

I prefer the Lupin short stories to the novels. In the novels for some reason, he tends to come across as a bit of a jerk.

This is a nice mix of stories where Lupin plays detective and then some where he is up to something. Fun reads and nice to see one of the great gentlemen thief characters in a...more

I don't know what I was expecting. I only knew of Arsene Lupin because of Lupin III (which I never even watched), so I had this on hand and figured I'd broaden my horizons. Well... now I know. Setting a little more modern than Holmes, obviously more an antihero than Holmes, but just the same with...more

Quel plaisir de me replonger dans la série Arsène Lupin, ici on y retrouve un recueil de neuf nouvelles toutes aussi bien les unes que les autres.

L'auteur nous entraine dans le monde du gentleman cambrioleur Arsène Lupin avec brio. Avec une écriture toujours aussi passionnante, captivante, fluide...more

What can I say, I love the Arsène Lupin stories. The exploits and heists of the thief are far more interesting to me than the deductions of the a drug-using detective.

Even though I loved the fact that "Hollow Needle", "813", and "Crystal Stopper" detoured from the compilation of individual stori...more

A collection of short stories about the French gentleman-thief, Arsène Lupin. Lupin owes a lot to Sherlock Holmes and to Poe's Chevalier C. Auguste Dupin, but with his own French, and larcenous, spin.

The stories are mildly clever and mildly entertaining, but not particularly engaging. I can't see...more

Toujours un recueil de nouvelles d'Arsène Lupin. J'ai décidé de suivre un ordre de lecture des livres que j'ai trouvé sur internet et non pas de suivre la date de sortie. Je peux ainsi mieux faire des liens lorsqu'on rencontre un personnage déjà vu auparavant.

With reading this book, I finished June's challenge one week earlier.

Another amusing adventures for Arsene Lupin where he steals sometimes and solves the mystery in other times. My favorite one is (The Infernal Trap). This book is pretty much like The Eight Strokes of the Clock only this time, h...more

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