Fantomas

Fantomas

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"One episode simply melts away as the next takes over" in this deliciously sinister turn-of-the-century tale of a French evil genius run rampant. Three appalling crimes leave all of Paris aghast: the Marquise de Langruen is hacked to death, the Princess Sonia is robbed, and Lord Beltham is found dead, stuffed into a trunk. Inspector Juve knows that all the clues point to one suspect: the master of disguise, Fantomas. Juve cleverly pursues him in speeding trains, down dark alleys, through glittering Parisian salons, obsessed with bringing the demon mastermind to justice. As thrilling to read now as it was when first published in 1915, Fantomas "is not a puzzle but an intoxicant."show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 196 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 11mm | 268g
  • Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1514307219
  • 9781514307212

About Pierre Souvestre

Pierre Souvestre (1 June 1874 - 26 February 1914) was a French lawyer, journalist, writer and organizer of motor races. He is mostly remembered today for his co-creation with Marcel Allain of the fictional arch-villain and master criminal Fantomas. He was born in Plomelin, a commune in Finistere, Brittany. In 1909, already a well-known figure in literary circles, Souvestre collaborated with his assistant Allain on their first novel, Le Rour. Investigating Magistrate Germain Fuselier, later to become a recurring character in the Fantomas series, appears in the novel. Then, in February 1911, Allain and Souvestre embarked upon the Fantomas book series at the request of publisher Artheme Fayard, who wanted to create a new monthly pulp magazine. The success was immediate and lasting. Souvestre died of a congestion of the lungs. After his death, Allain continued the Fantomas saga alone."show more

Rating details

1,390 ratings
3.67 out of 5 stars
5 24% (329)
4 34% (479)
3 30% (417)
2 9% (130)
1 3% (35)
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