“One episode simply melts away as the next takes over” (The New York Times) 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... show more
“One episode simply melts away as the next takes over” (The New York Times) 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, Fantômas. 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, Fantômas “is not a puzzle but an intoxicant” (The Village Voice).
Publish date: March 31st 2006
Publisher: Dover Publications
Pages no: 297
Edition language: English
, European Literature
, Historical Fiction
, 20th Century
, French Literature
Series: Fantômas (#1)
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 ...
This early 20th C. detective novel is a real treat for fans of the genre. Marcel Allain and Pierre Souvestre have created a fascinating tale featuring the exploits of Fantomas, a notorious French criminal, and M. Juve, the inspector who is always on his tail.Fantomas is a master of disguise and thu...
As early 20th century pulp fiction goes, it doesn't get much better than this. There's a real element of the gothic and the labyrinth here that lifts it above such delights as Arsène Lupin and similar sleuths.