Fantomas

Fantomas

Written by: Marcel Allain
Written by: Pierre Souvestre
Introduction by: John Ashbery

Format
Paperback
Price
$14.00
 
Additional Formats
  • Paperback
  • ISBN 9780143104841
  • 320 Pages
  • Penguin Classics
  • Adult

Overview

“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).

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Praise

[Fantomas is] like going on a roller coaster: you know what to expect but you scream, with fear and pleasure, anyway. . . . They don’t write’em like that anymore. (Michael Dirda)

Fantomas is still scary (The Washington Post Book World)
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