The Crystal Stopper

The Crystal Stopper

Maurice Leblanc


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In this French thriller by the author of Arsène Lupin versus Herlock Sholmes, the infamous gentleman thief must save his partners from execution.
Dashing outlaw and master of disguise Arsène Lupin is always one step ahead of the law. But he may have finally met his match in Deputy Alexis Daubrecq. Recently, the cunning detective has foiled Lupin’s most artful thefts—and even a kidnapping.
When Lupin and two of his criminal associates try to rob Deputy Daubrecq’s villa, something goes terribly wrong. Lupin’s two partners are arrested and sentenced to death. Now it’s up to Lupin to save them from the guillotine. But to do it, he must not only evade Daubrecq, but also match the wits of a ruthless blackmailer who holds incriminating evidence in a crystal stopper.


Maurice Leblanc:
Maurice Leblanc (1864–1941) was best known for his tales featuring the gentleman thief Arsène Lupin. Born in Rouen, France, Leblanc was inspired by the success of Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes stories and invented Lupin as a French adversary for the great detective. Lupin appeared in dozens of novels and short stories and was the basis for several films. Of his great antihero, Leblanc once said, “Lupin follows me everywhere. He is not my shadow. I am his shadow.”