Fantomas by Marcel Allain, Pierre Souvestre

By Marcel Allain, Pierre Souvestre

Paris is the grip of worry. One identify is on the root of this panic: "Fantomas." In an issue of days, a filthy rich heiress is hacked to dying in her room. a tender visitor, Charles Rambert stands accused by means of his personal father of the crime, and commits suicide. A Russian princess is robbed in her room. An English lord, a veteran of the Boer struggle, is going lacking. One detective, Juve, is familiar with that Fantomas is the mastermind of a lot distress. Can he unmask the felony in time? Or is that this all a figment of Juve's brain? Pierre Souvestre and Marcel Allain's production "Fantomas" is the top of pulp brilliance. he is one of many nice literary super-villains, a shadowy crime-lord who "spreads terror" for absolutely the excitement of it. He does not are looking to rule the realm. He makes his residing from crime, yet sincerely enjoys the notoriety his crimes convey him. In a feeling, Fantomas is a break-point among the wonderful features nineteenth century pulp, and the down-to-earth crime fiction of the mid-20th century. the 1st novel is a rip-roaring journey of horror and intrigue, as Fantomas layers scheme upon scheme, murdering and stealing for the excitement of it. A grasp of cover, Fantomas strikes during the novel as an ambiguity, showing as numerous humans, often humans he has murdered, forwarding his loathsome schemes. Juve, additionally a grasp of cover, is enthusiastic about taking pictures the fiend. He additionally strikes as a shadow, lower than the guise of beggars and criminals, investigating every one lead that may deliver Fantomas to the guillotine. whereas the writing in Fantomas within reason overwrought, it's also rather lush and lurid, sweeping up the reader and major them to compulsively learn the following interesting episode, as cliffhangers abound and plot-twists clutter the panorama.

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Mlle. " "Is it not possible," the magistrate suggested, "that someone may have got in during the day, hidden himself, and have committed the crime when night came? Remember, M. Dollon, the bolt inside Mme. " But the steward shook his head. "No, sir, nobody could have secreted himself in the château during the day; people are always coming to the kitchen, so the back door is under constant supervision; and all yesterday afternoon there were gardeners at work on the lawn in front of the main entrance; if any stranger had presented himself there he would certainly have been seen; and finally, Mme.

FANTÔMAS PIERRE SOUVESTRE AND MARCEL ALLAIN Translated from the original French by Cranstoun Metcalfe Introduction to the Dover Edition by Robin Walz DOVER PUBLICATIONS, INC. , New York, in 1915. Y. 11501 [Pg iii] Contents [Pg iv] Introduction to the Dover Edition v chapter page I. The Genius of Crime 1 II. A Tragic Dawn 12 III. The Hunt for the Man 26 IV. "No! " 34 V. " 45 VI. " 52 VII. The Criminal Investigation Department 68 VIII. A Dreadful Confession 82 IX. All for Honour 92 X. Princess Sonia's Bath 104 XI.

When I was a little chap I never thought of how sad it is to have no real father or mother. The last four or five years it has hurt me, but when he came to see me once at school, papa told me he would take me with him as soon as I had taken my degree and grown up. Last October, after my examination, he wrote and told me to be patient a little longer, and that he was hurrying on with the winding up of his business and coming back to France. That gave me a hope which has brightened these last few months, and will also make you understand why I am so pleased this morning at my fathers coming.

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