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Marcel Allain and Pierre Souvestre

Book Overview: 

Fantômas is the first of 32 novels by Marcel Allain and Pierre Souvestre. The title character is a ruthless thief and killer, a bloodthirsty successor to LeBlanc's Arsène Lupin. The first five novels were made into silent film serials. The character and the movies caught the eye of the French Surrealists who admired the primal violence of Fantômas, as well as his portrayal in the films, which are considered landmarks in French Cinema. In Fantômas, the Marquise de Langrune is savagely murdered and Inspector Juve, who is obsessed with capturing Fantômas, arrives to solve the murder.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . ., and his age makes it most improbable that he can be a professional criminal."

"Obviously, obviously!" murmured the magistrate, not a little embarrassed by the keen logic of the detective.[57]

"And now let us consider the motive or motives of the crime," Juve continued. "Why did the man commit this murder?"

"Doubtless for purposes of robbery," said the magistrate.

"What did he want to steal?" Juve retorted. "As a matter of fact, Mme. de Langrune's diamond rings and watch and purse were all found on her table, in full view of everybody; in the drawers that had been broken open I found other jewels, over twenty pounds in gold and silver, and three bank-notes in a card-case. What is your view, sir, of a crapulous robber who sees valuables like that within his reach, and who does not take them?"

"It is certainly surprising," the magistrate admitted.

"Very surprising; and goes to show that although the crime in itself i. . . Read More

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Fantômas (Fantômas #1), Marcel Allain, Pierre Souvestre
A noblewoman is hacked to death in her chateau, a Russian princess is boldly robbed at a posh hotel, and a lord's lifeless body is found stuffed into a trunk. Everyone recognizes the deeds of Fantômas, a master of disguise whose daring and diabo

Fantomas, a fictional villain, was created in 1911 by French crime writers Marcel Allain and Pierre Souvestre. This is the first book of a 32 book series. Fans of Arsene Lupin will be captivated!

Τόσα χρόνια μετά την επανέκδοση του βιβλίου στα ελληνικά (με την αγορά του να είναι, φυσικά, άμεση), πήρα την απόφαση να το διαβάσω, μιας και είχα όρεξη για ένα κλασικό και τρόπον τινά παλαιομοδίτικο αστυνομικό μυθιστόρημα, με γοργή δράση, μυστήριο και ωραία ατμόσφαιρα. Ε, λοιπόν, το βιβλίο αυτό εκπ

WOW! How I never heard of this series of books until this past year I have no idea. I purchased a set of 50 Detective Classics from Amazon and the first book in the series was included.

I was hooked from the first chapter. There were times when the book got a little draggy, but never for long at a ti

What a fun book! Fantomas is one seriously evil genius, and his nemesis, Inspector Juve, is one determined policeman. Not only is this book fun, but it ends in a complete cliffhanger so I had to buy book two, The Exploits of Juve (Juve contre Fantômas), just to see what happens. I have this feeling

The famous illustration on the cover of this Penguin edition has been altered. What the arch-criminal Fantômas is grasping in his right hand is a bloody dagger which he is holding by the hilt, for which see the the original.

The eponymous character of Fantomas by Marcel Allain and Pierre Souvestre i

Here's the problem with this book: I never really got any idea why Fantomas was doing all this shit. I mean, he gets up into these elaborate disguises so he can kill one person or another, but why does he want that person dead? Not really explained. And he also makes some pretty stupid mistakes for

What began as an expected, plain, elementary Whodunit becomes quite a crafty convolution in the end. Train-hopping, fake identities (including transvestites), bluffs, double bluffs, Bentillon dynamometers (rudimentary CSI), slit throats and gruesome violence, insane Victorians, specters, the beginni

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